Hat-trick hero Raul will make a decision on his Schalke future during the Bundesliga winter break.
The Spaniard netted his third treble since arriving at the Royal Blues 18 months ago as they moved up to third in the Bundesliga table with a 5-0 win over Werder Bremen.
Schalke are now in UEFA Champions League contention and that may well be enough to convince Raul to extend his contract, which expires in June.
"I just want to carry on playing over the next five months the way I am playing now," he told Sky television.
"We will just have to see what happens after. My decision will be made in January.
"The important thing is that the team is in great form at the moment and with the club in such a privileged position of being in the league, the Europa League and the DFB-Pokal, in the end it doesn't matter if I continue or not."