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Porto confirm coaching role for Iker Casillas as he recovers from health scare

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 18:24, 15 July 2019

Porto have offered goalkeeper Iker Casillas a coaching role as he continues his recovery from a heart attack.

Casillas suffered an ‘acute myocardial infarction’ during a training session at the end of last season, hospitalising him for five days.

The best goalkeeper of all time? Five things to know…

  • Iker Casillas is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of all time.
  • He was club captain at Real Madrid, where he made 725 appearances and won every single trophy available to him.
  • He also captained Spain to their first-ever World Cup in 2010.
  • He moved to Porto on a free transfer in 2015.
  • Casillas has not yet confirmed whether or not he will play again.

Reflecting on his future in the immediate aftermath of the incident Casillas admitted he was unsure whether his playing career would continue, hence his recent decision to take up a temporary coaching role as his health recovers.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Casillas said: “I’m going to do something different than what I used to do, which was to be on the pitch.

“I’ll try to make a connection between the team and the club. The Coach told me he wanted me to stay with them, near the players, near the youngsters because there would be many changes, I will try to do my best to help my colleagues.”

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Porto have also confirmed that they want to tie down Casillas’ ‘long-term’ future at the club, whether that be on or off the pitch.

They believe that his unrivalled experience, in terms of winning trophies, will be invaluable to securing any future success for the side.