Real Madrid management are confident Raul won't throw a strop over his limited role. Raul has fallen off the first team map in recent games, with all indications being the club captain will be little more than a super-sub under coach Manuel Pellegrini.

Real president Florentino Perez dined with general manager Jorge Valdano on Monday night for their weekly 'catch-up' and discussed Raul's situation.

Florentino, says AS, asked Valdano if Raul would be comfortable with his limited role and the Argentine replied in the affirmative, confident the captain will not make problems inside the dressing room.