Former Real Madrid defender Álvaro Arbeloa is to return to Los Blancos as a club ambassador, it has been announced.
Arbeloa, who retired from football in June, made 246 appearances for Real over two stints at the the LaLiga giants, having joined the club's youth academy at 18.
"Arbeloa always said he was ready when Real Madrid called"
Siempre dijo que estaría preparado cuando el @realmadrid le volviese a llamar. Álvaro Arbeloa regresa al club de su vida como embajador nacional e internacional. ¡Enhorabuena, @aarbeloa17! 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/FSmaXptfei— Best of You (@bestofyou) 23 de diciembre de 2017
Best of You, the sports management agency that represents the 34-year-old, said on Saturday: "He always said he was ready when Real Madrid called him again.
"Álvaro Arbeloa is to return to his lifelong club as a national and international ambassador."
Arbeloa himself tweeted: "Is it possible to return to the place you never left? Proud and happy to be back at Real Madrid, my home. Hala Madrid!"
The full-back, who was part of Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning squad, made four appearances for Real in 2004/05, before playing for Los Merengues between 2009 and 2016 after leaving for spells at Deportivo La Coruña and Liverpool.
He ended his career with a year at Premier League side West Ham United.