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Real Madrid captain Raul linked with Liverpool

india Updated: Jan 13, 2007 19:14 IST
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Real Madrid captain Raul Gonzalez could move to English Premiership side Liverpool in the summer, according to Spanish sports daily on Saturday.

The publication speculated on its front page that the long-standing friendship between Raul and Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez, who was a Real youth coach during Raul's formative teenage years, could be the catalyst for the player to leave Real.

Raul could be another high-profile departure from the Spanish capital as Real coach Fabio Capello continues to wield a very large broom, clearing out the Spanish giants' aging but under-performing superstars.

Former England captain David Beckham announced on Thursday that he was joining Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy and Brazil's three-time World Player of the Year Ronaldo is expected to leave soon as well.

Raul's agent Gines Carvajal said on Spanish radio on Friday night, that if Madrid were to allow other clubs to negotiate with Raul, "he would be able to play without any problems in England."

The 29 year-old Spanish international striker, who has appeared at three World Cups, has a contract at Real until 2010 and any club wanting to buy him in the summer would have to put at least 18 million euros on the table.

They would also have to match Raul's current wages, which are believed to be six million euros a year.

However Raul was a regular visitor to Anfield during the last two seasons when his friend Fernando Morientes was a player there, and has had regular contact with Benitez.