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The young striker would be delighted to see his former Real Madrid team-mate return to La Seleccion, even if it will be at his expense.

As Spain prepare to resume their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, there’s enormous buzz circulating the country that Real Madrid's iconic captain, Raul, will make a return to the national team for the first time since 2006.

It is widely believed that the Blancos forward will compete with Almeria hot-shot Alvaro Negredo, a former Real Madrid Castilla star, for the fourth and final spot in La Roja's attack. And Negredo would have no problems if he were to miss out to his former club-mate.

“If Raul is called up, I will be happy for him. But if I am selected, I’ll be even happier,” he said in an interview with Radio Marca programme ‘La Futboleria’.

“My dream is to play for Spain and I would love to see myself with La Furia Roja. But I am calm and I am training as usual because right now, there are only stories that I will make Vicente del Bosque’s squad.

“I just hope that the one who is selected will be the most deserved of a place. For me, I am still young and if I keep working hard like I have been, my chance will arrive. I have a lot of time ahead of me.”

Del Bosque is expected to announce his squad this Friday, just two days before Madrid and Almeria square off in the Primera Division at the Santiago Bernabeu, the same venue where Spain will host Turkey on March 28.    

KS Leong, Goal.com

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