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De la Red takes on Real coaching role
04 Nov 2010 - 13:15:23
Former Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Ruben de la Red is looking forward to a new stage of his career, after a heart condition forced him to call time on his playing days.
The 25-year-old has been offered a coaching role within the Santiago Bernabeu set-up and is eager to make the most of the opportunity to continue in the game.
He told reporters: "I have ended my playing career and now doors have opened for another life.
"The club has offered me, someone very young, the opportunity to stay tied to football and I will not waste it.
"I'll learn my role as a coach and give everything, as I did as a player. I have infinite gratitude to the club for giving me this opportunity, and to the fans that supported me and the doctors that treated me.
"A problem in my heart compels me to retire, but my heart still beats for Real Madrid."