Former Real Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez had received offers from Manchester United in 2010, revealed Ginés Carvajal, the player's agent.
The 36-year-old, who currently plays for Qatari club Al Sadd, featured for Real Madrid last night in the Bernabeu trophy where the Spanish giants defeated his Al Sadd 5-0.
Whilst talking about the Spaniard's situation in 2010, Raul's agent claimed that he was close to sign for Premier League champions Manchester United.
Carvajal told Marca: "The first decision was to leave and the second whether to leave to compete or not. He chose to compete.
"There were a few clubs where he could compete, including Manchester United. But there was one person – that was Felix Magath – who convinced him to go and fight for Schalke."
Raul holds the record of most Champions League goals, netting 71 goals in a stellar career.
"The United thing was serious, but there was also some uncertainty surrounding his role in the team – whether he was going to be secondary. For that you might as well stay at home.
"If he was just going to go and learn English, he could have stayed at Real."
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