Iker Casillas will be working with Porto’s backroom staff as he continues his recovery from a heart attack.
Former Real Madrid and Spain star Casillas was rushed to hospital after collapsing in a training session on 1 May.
The 38-year-old was discharged five days later, and he acknowledged at the time that he was unsure what the future held.
Reports later claimed Casillas had decided to retire, though those suggestions were denied by the player.
🔵⚪ @IkerCasillas fará parte do staff diretivo da equipa de futebol, enquanto recupera do problema de saúde.
🎙 "Vou fazer a ligação entre a equipa e o clube."
🎙 "Que todos juntos possamos fazer uma grande época"
Notícia completa👉 https://t.co/3yJTdPS57b#FCPorto pic.twitter.com/0NUWqxR5E8
— FC Porto (@FCPorto) July 15, 2019
While Casillas will not be a part of Porto’s first-team squad heading into next season, the goalkeeper has not officially called time on his career and will instead take up a role helping to manage relations between the players, coaching staff and directors at Estadio do Dragao for the time being.
“I’m going to do something different than I usually did, which was to be on the pitch,” Casillas told Porto’s TV channel.
“I’ll try to make the connection between the team and the club. The coach talked to me last season when my situation happened, and he told me that he wanted me to stay with them, close to the players, near the younger players, because there would be a lot of changes. I will try to do my best to help my teammates.”
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) July 10, 2019
“We will prepare to achieve the best we can at the beginning of the season. We already have several weeks of work behind us but there are still a couple of weeks left before the first official matches. Let’s all have a great season together so that we can win the championship, the cups and do as well as we can in Europe.”
Casillas last trained with FC Porto on May 1, the day he suffered an “acute myocardial infarction” during training. He was discharged from the hospital five days later.
A three-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Casillas has made 156 appearances since joining Porto from Madrid on a free transfer in the summer of 2015.