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With the derby against Atlético Madrid getting closer by the day Real Madrid striker Raúl has spoken today about how he is looking forward to the match, and also how he is not yet shutting the door on Spain....

Letting Raúl go as a youngster might be one of the worst decisions ever made by Atlético Madrid and the experienced striker will look to remind them again just what they missed out on this Saturday evening.

The thirty-one year old Real Madrid man has wreaked havoc on Atlético before and he says he is looking forward to meeting them again this weekend.

"It is exciting," he started, "It will always be special because of my past and my path and to play these games is something that a player always desires."

Real Madrid face their arch-rivals either at the best of times or the worst of times following a 6-1 thrashing by Barcelona and Raúl knows they will be up for the fight.

"They have a great team and can do big things this year. They are already doing well in the Champions League and Barcelona was an accident."

"It is clear that after a rout, and playing Madrid, they will be more motivated, they will be more dangerous," he mused.

The striker has been the subject of intense debate over the past few years, regarding his form for both club and for country. However, this season he seems to be finding his feet again and speaking today he has not completely ruled out a return to the international set-up, although he is not waiting on it.

"Returning is a complicated theme, which I have practically ruled out, but I do not close the doors. If I return to the team it would be a great happiness, like a debut. I would like to play with the old number seven but that seems distant," said the hitman.

Inevitably Raúl also had a say on who he would nominate for the upcoming Balon D'Or, but he seemed less than certain on his choice.

"[Iker] Casillas, but knowing that Cristiano [Ronaldo] has had a great season. It depends on the criteria because in the European Championships Xavi was the best," he concluded.

James Walker-Roberts




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