Real Madrid legend Raúl has been confirmed on Thursday as the new coach of the club’s reserve team, Castilla.
Raúl had been in charge of youth sides Cadete B and Juvenil B, and will now take on the top job in Madrid’s famous academy.
With Castilla providing a stepping stone to the first team of late, it may suggest that the board views Raúl as a potential first-team coach of the future. Zinedine Zidane was also coaching Castilla before being named first-team manager in 2016, with Santiago Solari following the same path last season.
Raúl spent 16 years at Real Madrid between 1994 and 2010, winning 3 Champions League’s, 2 Club World Cups, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 6 LaLiga titles and 4 Spanish Super Cups during that time. He is also Los Blancos’ most capped player of all time with 741 appearances, and their second all-time top scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring 323 goals.
Castilla are currently playing in Segunda Division B – Group 1, having lost out to Cartagena in the promotion play-offs last season.