Iker Casillas: "I'll let you all know when I plan to retire"
According to Portuguese daily 'O Jogo', the Spanish goalkeeper has decided to call an end to his playing days after suffering a heart attack on 1 May.
Iker Casillas has decided to hang up his gloves. Axccording to reports in today's edition of O Jogo, Porto's Spanish goalkeeper has retired from actively playing football as a consequence of the heart attack he suffered in training on 1 May. Casillas underwent surgery to have a stent fitted and has since been recovering at home.
Casillas, who will turn 38 on 20 May, is keen to put an end to the rumours regarding his future and according to O Jogo, he will shortly announce his retirement from professional football.
Casillas "is one of us" - Porto president
Yesterday, Porto president Pinta da Costa hinted that Casillas had most probably played his final game for the club, adding that Iker will be offered a backroom position at the club, whatever he decides to do: "Casillas has one year left on his contract and we would like him to stay at Porto in a different capacity, and not just for the remaining year of his contract. He is one of us and he will always have a place at Porto".
After being discharged from hospital, where he spent five days in the coronary care unit, Casillas made it clear that after his health scare, football is no longer is priority: "I'll be taking things easy for a couple of weeks or a couple of months; I don't know and to be honest I don't care, the most important thing is that I am still here [...] I don't know what the future holds for me, all that matters is being here," the former Real Madrid and Spain captain said on leaving hospital earlier this month.
Buenas a tod@s:— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) 17 May 2019
Retirarme, habrá un día que me tenga que retirar. Déjenme anunciar dicha noticia cuando llegue ese momento. Por ahora tranquilidad. Ayer tuve revisión con el Dr.Filipe Macedo. Todo muy bien. Eso sí que es una gran noticia que quería compartir con todos! 💙👍🏼
Casillas responds with Tweet
Iker took to social media to reply to O Jogo's claims and say that when the time is right, he will be the one to announce his retirement:
"Hi everyone. Retiring... the day will come when I have to retire. Please allow me to announce that decision when the moment arrives. But for now, I need peace. Yesterday I had a revision with Dr.Filipe Macedo. All good. That's the big news I want to share with all of you!
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