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Midfielder Guti ends 25-year Madrid service

Guti
Guti played 542 times for Madrid in a 25-year association with the club

Midfielder Guti has announced he is leaving Real Madrid after 15 seasons with the Spanish club and is weighing up an offer from Turkish club Besiktas.

The former Spain international, 33, who had one year remaining on his contract, joined Madrid's youth set-up in 1985.

"I am leaving with the knowledge that the Real Madrid family loves me and that's very important," said Guti.

"It wasn't an easy decision. But I have a good offer from Besiktas, an interesting one, now we'll see."

Of Real's current squad, only striker Raul has been at the club longer than Guti, who made his first-team debut in 1995 and has gone on to make 542 appearances, scoring 86 goals.

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He helped Real win five La Liga and three Champions League titles.

"They're a lot of years and many (were) complicated but in the end I managed to achieve the most important things," added Guti. "So many years here... an unforgettable stage (of my life)."

Along with Raul, who will make an emotional exit from the Bernabeu on Monday at a farewell media conference amid reports suggesting the 33-year-old will join German club Schalke, Guti is an iconic figure at Real.

"He is a special player who managed to surprise us in every game," said managing director Jorge Valdano, who gave Guti his first call-up as coach. "A true Madridista. Today is a sad day because one of our own is leaving."

Should Guti move to Besiktas he will be coached by his former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster.



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