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Real Madrid legend Hierro keen to bring Raul to Australia

Former Spain international Fernando Hierro is eager to begin his coaching career in Australia.

Elite Management Group director Ismail Ozsoy told SBS that the Real Madrid great is looking to come down under to take the reins of an A-League club and he wants to bring star striker Raul with him.

"Hierro's people in Spain have authorised me to find him a club in Australia," Ozsoy said.

"He is very keen to come out here.

"He has all the coaching licences and a big part of what he wants to bring to Australia is a marquee player.

"It is very well known that he is a personal friend of former Madrid and Spain teammate Raul, who is 36.

"Raul's contract at Al-Sadd in Qatar ends in October so both Hierro and the player would be available for the next A-League.

"He will also be having two assistant coaches, one of them being Juan Carlos Martinez who was part of the national team set-up."

Of the man who played 89 times for Spain and 439 times for Madrid, Ozsoy added: "Everyone must start somewhere. Hierro might not want to start in Spain's lower divisions and prefer Australia, which is a very beautiful country.

"This is not a fanciful idea: why would Manchester City buy Melbourne Heart?

"Money will not be an issue and I can tell you that the whole world would know about this if Hierro came to Australia."

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