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."