LISBON (AFP) – Iker Casillas will join the Porto staff while he recovers from the heart attack he suffered two months ago, the Spanish goalkeeper and Portuguese club announced on Monday.
In a statement, Porto said Casillas will be the “liason between the players, coach and management”, a role that could be extended to other functions within the club.
“I’m going to do something different from what I used to do, which was to be on the field. I will try to do my best to help my teammates,” the 38-year-old told the club website.
The former Real Madrid and Spain captain underwent emergency surgery on May 1 after suffering a heart attack during training. He left the hospital five days later, admitting that his professional future was uncertain.
His agent Carlo Cutropia told sports daily O Jogo that he cannot yet resume training and will have to wait for doctors to say whether he can return within “one, two or three months”.