Bravo undeterred by Leeds experience
By Franceso Acedo. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
RAUL BRAVO insists he has no regrets about his loan stint with Leeds United, and admits he may play abroad again next season.
The Real Madrid defender was snapped up by Terry Venables on the last day of the transfer window, and managed to win a place in the side under Ell Tel, only to be ruthlessly axed by Peter Reid on his appointment to the helm.
Reid made it clear there was no place for the Spanish international in his first team plans, and the full back has now returned to Madrid.
"I do not rule out a return to repeat the foreign experience next year," he revealed.
"It has been a good experience, although short.
"There have been two-and-a-half months that have passed very fast, and now I return here to train and to be in form if the international coach decides to count on me."
To his credit, Bravo refused to criticise Leeds, despite perhaps being a little harshly treated by the Yorkshire outfit.
"It has been a pretty experience," he declared.
"I have known another league, I have played enough until there was a change of coach, and, besides, I have improved my English.
"I believe that I would repeat the experience.
"The environment in England is very good, and the people support the team a great deal."
The Valencia-born star is not sure what the future holds, as he looks unlikely to win a place back in the Real squad next season.
"I do not know if I am going to train until the end of the season," he conceded.
"For the time being, I am doing it to maintain my form if the international coach wants to count on me.
"I cannot play with Madrid because, until June 30, I am a Leeds player.
"The only thing to know is that I have to be present to do the pre-season with the team.
"Later, I know I will see what is best for everyone.
"All of it is open, although I am clear that everything is to play and to grow like a footballer is going to come well to me."