Hierro becomes Real No2, Morata nears exit
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Fernando Hierro is to return to Real Madrid as assistant coach next season, the Spanish club have announced.

In a statement on their official website, the European champions confirmed that former defender Hierro, who made 601 appearances for the club in a glittering 14-year career at the Bernabeu, is to replace Zinedine Zidane as Carlo Ancelotti's No2.

Hierro won five La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and one Copa del Rey with Madrid but left the club on less than amicable terms, following coach Vicente Del Bosque out of the door in 2003 - the day after winning the league title. He then moved to Qatari side Al-Rayyan before ending his playing career with English side.

He became director of football with the Spanish Football Federation after hanging up his boots but has now turned his hand to coaching, returning to the club where he enjoyed the most success on the pitch.

Earlier on Thursday, Madrid striker Alvaro Morata revealed he was on the verge of a move to Juventus. The forward is set to undergo a medical with the Serie A champions by the end of the week before signing a four-year contract, with the switch believed to be worth around €22 million (£17.5m).

Morata - behind Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Jese in the pecking order in Madrid's attack - was the subject of interest from Arsenal and Wolfsburg, but it seems Juve have won the battle for his signature.

"I can't wait to get to Turin. Everyone has told me it's a great city and I am looking forward to getting to know it," Morata told Marca. Once the deal goes through, the 21-year-old will join up with compatriot Fernando Llorente, who joined Juventus from Athletic Bilbao last summer and went on to score 16 goals in Serie A.

"I haven't had the chance to speak to Fernando, but it's always good to have someone you know in the dressing room when you get to a new club," Morata added.

As with Dani Carvajal, who Madrid sold to Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 before re-purchasing him a year later, a buy-back clause has been inserted into the contract, giving the Spanish outfit the option to take the forward back to Madrid at the end of next season for €30 million (£23.8m).

Morata, the top scorer at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2013, first broke into the Madrid first team in Jose Mourinho's final year in charge, but failed to cement his place under Ancelotti, playing a total of just 558 minutes in La Liga last term.