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 By Chris Wright

Iker Casillas prankster fools Spanish media over Real Madrid return

Zinedine Zidane accepts his new job as manager of Real Madrid after Florentino Perez announces Rafa Benitez has been sacked.

Shortly after Rafa Benitez vacated the Real Madrid hot seat to make way for Zinedine Zidane on Monday evening, the Spanish press was awash with rumours that the new man in charge had contacted his old buddy Iker Casillas to ask him to come back to the Bernabeu in the winter transfer window.

Indeed, the Casillas story was initially picked up by the Cadena SER radio station before almost every other major outlet in Spain was suckered in by reports of a sensational return for the prodigal son.

However, there was one small issue: the whole thing was a hoax. In fact, it was the work of a French impersonator who managed to fool Cadena SER into thinking he was Zidane.

As such, the radio station were forced to issue a "rectification" on their website that read: "We must rectify the information we published about the call from Zidane to former Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. The Cadena SER has learned some minutes ago that the call to the keeper came from an impressionist at a French outlet."

Casillas then issued a Tweet which linked to a video of a prank caller in action, seemingly confirming that the entire debacle had been one big ruse.

Slightly embarrassing.

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