Portugal.- Spanish World Cupista Iker Casillas will become part of Porto’s management staff. Your role will be that of a manager and will aim to establish the links between the players, the coach and the managers of the club. It is not ruled out that, in the future, it can add new responsibilities.
«I’m going to do something different than what I did before, than being on the playing field. I’m going to be the nexus between the team and the club,» explained the Spaniard, 38.
The goalkeeper commented that it was coach Sérgio Conceiao who asked, after the heart attack, to work with them at the institution. «I wanted me to stay with them, close to the players, especially the newest ones, because there was going to be changes,» he said.
«I will try to do my best to help my teammates,» Casillas stressed, stating that Porto’s goal this season is to win the League and the local cups, while also looking to become strong in European competitions (he will enter the stage Champions League preliminary).
The Portuguese institution reported that Casillas will assume this role «while recovering from its health problem». It follows from this appointment that the footballer will not play professionally again at least for the 2019-2020 season.
Last May 1, Casillas suffered an «acute myocardial infarction» in his team’s evening practice. His heart problem began after warm-up exercises and he had to undergo a cardiac catheterization at CUF Hospital, the largest private hospital in the town of Porto.
After being registered, the Spaniard – champions of the Portuguese league 2017/18 and the Super Cup 2018 with his current club – no longer played.