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Schalke striker Raul ends Blackburn rumours

Schalke striker Raul has ended rumours linking him with Blackburn Rovers.

Raul says he wants to stay with Schalke.

"I never tire of repeating that I feel at home at Schalke," he said in a statement on the club's website.

"The affection shown to me by the Schalke fans is extraordinary and unforgettable. I'm definitively staying at Schalke and I will fulfil my contract.

"I'm fortunate to have a great family. My wife and my children and fully integrated in German life and I'm proud to be playing in the Bundesliga."

The Spaniard denied any rift with Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick and claimed he had been left out of the squad that flew to Finland to improve his fitness.

"It's good, proper and professional, as it should be between a coach and a player," he added.

"There are no problems. We're all concentrating on working together to achieve the best for Schalke this season."

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