Zinedine Zidane Radio Impersonator Offers Iker Casillas Return to Real Madrid

Tom Webb@@tomwebby92UK Staff WriterJanuary 5, 2016

MADRID, SPAIN:  Real Madrid's French player Zinedine Zidane (L) jokes with Iker Casillas (R) 22 November 2004 during a training session at Las Rozas football city near Madrid prior their 23 November 2004 Champions League football match against Bayer Leverkusen in Madrid.  AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO  (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Rumours of a sensational return to Real Madrid for Iker Casillas swept the Spanish press on Monday after new boss Zinedine Zidane reportedly called the Spanish goalkeeper soon after taking over at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

Zidane was announced as the new Real Madrid boss after Rafa Benitez was sacked just seven months into his tenure with the club.

However, it soon emerged that the quotes picked up by radio station Cadena SER were the result of a prank call to the goalkeeper from a Zidane impersonator.

The embarrassed station published a retraction to the story on its website soon after (via ESPN FC): "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, who joined FC Porto in July after 17 years with Real, also confirmed he would not be rejoining the club anytime soon. "I won’t return to Real Madrid, at least not until a lot more time has passed," he told Infosport+ (via Goal.com).

[h/t ESPN FC]