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Pellegrini: Raul remains important for Real Madrid

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini insists there was nothing untoward in Raul missing their victory over Almeria.

Pellegrini left Raul out for the controversial Liga win, but he explained: "There is no issue with Raul, he will always be a very important player.

"Raul is a leader and he did not play the last game because of a family matter. He is a very important player, has played all the games on Sunday and this will continue."

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