Mourinho names Karanka as number two

Published Jun. 6, 2010 12:43 p.m. ET

Real Madrid have confirmed Jose Mourinho has appointed compatriot Aitor Karanka as his second in command at the Bernabeu.

Karanka joins a coaching team consisting of Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais and, like the trio, has also signed a four-year contract with the Spanish giants.

It is thought his appointment came about because Mourinho wanted someone who - like Giuseppe Baresi at Inter Milan - knew the club well.

Karanka spent five years at Madrid, between 1997 and 2002, helping them to three Champions League trophies and one league title.

The 36-year-old was serving as Spain Under-16 coach, while he was also assistant to Gines Melendez with the Under-17s who have just returned as runners-up from the European championships.

Madrid have thanked the Spanish federation for the ease in which they allowed the Primera Division club to sign the Portuguese coach.