Slowly but surely, details are coming to light of Real Madrid's biggest summer signing to date: Fernando Hierro's move into Carlo Ancelotti's backroom staff as Los Blanco's assistant coach.
If there is one man who has played a key part in the negotiations, that man is José Ángel Sánchez, the club's general manager. He personally led talks with the former Spain international and the law firm that advises Real's new assistant coach.
Fernando Hierro has only signed a one-year contract as Carlo Ancelotti's number two. More than anything because Hierro wants to see what it feels like to be on the touchline, working on a day-to-day basis with the players. That is why he has not committed to a longer deal. The job represents a huge challenge for the former Real Madrid defender. If, as he expects, the job lives up to expectations, he will be the first to want to stay on and continue his coaching career.
In addition to his day-to-day job, Hierro also wants to see what it feels like to be part of the club's current organisational structure - starting with its president, Florentino Pérez.
Fernando Hierro did not make any kind of salary demands during the negotiations and that is why his salary will not differ too much from that of his predecessor, Zinedine Zidane - around €500,000 per year, before tax.