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15/04/2011 08:21
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Papers: Raul bid this season

Papers: United tried to sign Raul 'this season'

Michael Walker in the Daily Mail writes....

Manchester United tried to sign Raul 'this season' according to the Spanish striker's Schalke team-mate Christoph Metzelder.

Metzelder was formerly at Real Madrid with Raul. Instead both men left the Bernabeu for Schalke, United's Champions League semi-final opponents.

"They tried to sign him this season," Metzelder said of United and Raul. 'He talked about it to me. I don't know if he thought about it. A player like him has offers - from clubs in the United States, England but also Schalke. I tried to convince him.

"He got to know Germany in the 2006 World Cup and knows the atmosphere, the stadiums, the infrastructure. I said to him, 'You have to experience it'. He's a big player and his influence is great."

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson once rated Raul as the best player in the world.

Elsewhere, Paul Scholes has been interviewed by the press ahead of Saturday's derby with City and there's plenty of quotes from the midfielder. "To become our main rivals, City have to win something,” said the 36-year-old in The Daily Express. “When they are fourth or fifth or wherever they are in the league, I don’t think they can be classed as a main rival. Our main rivals are Arsenal and Chelsea. City are just a rival simply because of where they are geographically. Liverpool are the same." Scholesy confirmed he has plans for a testimonial in August but still hasn't made a decision over whether he will retire in the summer.

The Telegraph covers Cristiano Ronaldo's hopes for an emotional reunion with United in the Champions League final at Wembley next month. "I want to play Manchester United," he declared. "If you ask me now if I want to sign up to play for Real Madrid against Manchester United in the final at Wembley then of course I will. That would make me very, very happy.

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