Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has confirmed that Fernando Hierro is returning to the club in an official capacity.

The former Real captain will join the football staff as a liaison between the players and the board. Also arriving will be Racing Santander coach Miguel Angel Portugal, who will replace Franco Baldini as one of the club's football directors. Baldini is expected to leave Real for a job with Italy's Siena.

"They will help us to reinforce the values of the club that must be impregnated into the players who arrive," declared Calderon yesterday when asked about the appointments of Portugal and Hierro.