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Casillas: I have not yet decided whether I will retire

 FC Porto's Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas speaks to journalists in front of the CUF Hospital in Porto, Portugal, May 6, 2019. EPA-EFE/FILE/RUI FARINHA

FC Porto's Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas speaks to journalists in front of the CUF Hospital in Porto, Portugal, May 6, 2019. EPA-EFE/FILE/RUI FARINHA

Madrid, Jun 13 (efe-epa).- Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas on Thursday said he had not yet decided whether he would retire from the sport after suffering a heart attack amid rumors in several Portuguese newspapers that he would hang up his gloves before the start of the next season.

On his Twitter account, Casillas reshared a previous tweet in which he said he was yet undecided about his future in the sport.

In the original tweet, published just over two weeks after his heart attack on May 1, the former Real Madrid goalie said: "Retirement, there will be a day that I'll have to retire. Let me announce this when the moment comes. For now ... everyone relax! I had an appointment yesterday with Dr. Filipe Macedo. Everything is ok. This is great news that I would like to share with all of you!"

In his retweet, he said: "The same from this tweet from one month ago, except the part of the meeting with the Doctor. More than anything because my appointment is tomorrow. Big hug to everyone."

The former Real Madrid captain suffered a heart attack during a training session with his current team, FC Porto, casting major doubt about his ability to continue in the sport.

Casillas' personal situation got even more complicated when his wife, the journalist Sara Carbonero, announced that she went through a malignant ovarian tumor surgery the past 21st of May.

On June 6, various Portuguese newspapers said that Casillas met with Pinto da Costa, president of FC Porto, where he was offered the possibility to continue working in the club, but as part of the technical staff.

Casillas made his professional debut with Real Madrid under erstwhile coach, Welshman John Benjamin Toshack, against Athletic Bilbao in September 1999 in San Mames at the age of 19.

At Real Madrid, Casillas won the UEFA Champions League three times, LaLiga five times, the Copa del Rey twice, the Spanish Super Cup four times and the FIFA Club World Cup twice.

He has to his name 187 Champions League appearances, the most of any goalkeeper, and the highest number of clean sheets in the tournament: 59.

Capped 167 times, Casillas captained the Spain national team that won the 2010 South Africa FIFA World Cup and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012. EFE-EPA

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