La Liga Transfer Rumours: Malaga To Lure Real Madrid Legend Raul Back to Spain

Blake ThomasCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2011

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 04:   Raul Gonzalez of Schalke looks on during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Manchester United and Schalke at Old Trafford on May 4, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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La Liga club Malaga have mustered up the courage to plot an improbable chase of former Real Madrid striking legend Raul Gonzalez, according to Sport (h/t

Raul, 34, currently plays with Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga, and it has been speculated that he could be on his way out this summer, with Russian club Anzhi and Blackburn Rovers also expressing interest.

The signing wouldn't be the first of its kind, with Malaga already picking up a few veterans in the form of Raul's former teammates Ruud van Nistelrooy and Julio Baptista. The club have also splashed some major cash with the acquisitions of Santi Cazorla, Jeremy Toulalon and more, making the possibility of signing La Liga legend Raul a considerable one.

Real Madrid fans, however, will know that Raul is still a humble servant of the club and would most likely never join any other team in La Liga. But with Malaga ready to pounce, they probably shouldn't be so sure.

Raul may be 34, but the former Spanish international still has all the ingredients to be a success wherever he plays. Like they say, form comes and goes, but class is permanent!

Indeed, the "angel of Madrid" scored a magnificent total of 323 goals in 741 appearances in his time with the club, etching his way into history books and hearts alike.

He departed last summer after uncharacteristically scoring just seven goals in the previous season, but sprung to life upon arriving in Germany.

There, Raul scored 19 goals in 51 appearances across all competitions, inspiring Schalke to DFB Pokal glory and the semifinals of the Champions League. "Mr. Champions League" himself even managed to score five goals in Europe's premier competition, bringing his record haul to 71 goals.

Now Malaga are hot on the tail of Raul Gonzalo Blanco, ready to offer the striker a ticket back to homeland Spain. Though Raul would be a great buy for any side in the world, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Julio Baptista, and Salomon Rondon are already with Malaga, making it questionable what kind of role Raul would play.