Rayo Vallecano striker, Raul de Tomas, is the second top goalscorer in LaLiga 123. He is on loan from Real Madrid but his objective remains clear: he wants to be successful at the club he joined when he was a kid. He spoke to El Larguero about his relationship with Zinedine Zidane and more recently.
Living with his brother and personal trainer: "When I made the decision to leave Real Madrid, I decided to change my lifestyle and my training because I saw that everything I had done was fading. I decided to change my training regime with a personal trainer in my home, this had been key for maturing in recent years to be more consistent."
Not worried about being the top scorer: "I am vey happy myself and with a collective. My objective is not to win the Pichichi, it's to get Rayo promoted. My goal against Zaragoza was probably the best of the year."
A fan of boxing: "I love boxing as a release and for the physical side, movement and the rest but I don't fight because I can't arrive with a black eye or a busted mouth."
Cautious about his future: "It would be ridiculous to put my neck out because I have not spoken with any club. I belong to Madrid and I appreciate the way Rayo treated me because it is where I wanted to be. My future will be decided in a month or two depending on what happens, but now I am concentrated on Rayo."
Dreaming about playing with Real Madrid: "Yes, I am sincere with you. Every night I fall asleep thinking about being a Real Madrid player, to play with any of these players in the squad by your side. It's a dream."
Cristiano Ronaldo as a reference and Zidane as an idol: "Cristiano is the best example to follow. I feel like I can identify with him although my idol has always been Zidane."
He believes he failed Zidane: "I thought many times that I missed the train. The first year with Zidane, he had big expectations of me, he spoke a lot to me and I he liked me a lot. I always feel a bit of guilt because I know that this year I wasn't at the high level that they expected of me, not just Zidane but Real Madrid."
Madrid exit and changing: "When I left Madrid, I saw players came up to the first team and I knew I had to change things because I think that I had the potential to be there but I wasn't."
At the level to play in PrimerA: "Now, I see myself as a Primera player, completely. I feel prepared in terms of the sporting and the personal."