Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas refuted fresh claims he has hung up his gloves following a heart attack in training at FC Porto last month.

Portuguese media claimed this week that Casillas had decided to end his remarkable playing career after his health scare.

The 38-year-old goalkeeper fell victim to acute myocardial infarction on May 1. Paramedics immediately submitted him to the hospital to have a heart catheterization.

However, Casillas quickly returned to a stable condition and left the hospital in Portugal just five days later.

Now various Portuguese outlets have claimed Casillas will announce his retirement on Thursday. It was alleged he would discuss taking up a role at Porto with the club directors.

These unsettling reports came to light as doctors are yet to inform Casillas on whether he will be able to resume his football career.

“The same as this tweet a month ago, except for the part of the medical check with the doctor,” Casillas wrote on Twitter.

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“More than anything because I have it tomorrow.”

Prior to his heart attack, Casillas had made 42 appearances in all competitions for Porto last season.

Despite his advancing years, he still finished top of the Primeira Liga clean sheets tally with 18 in his 31 games. Sporting Braga’s Tiago Sa and Benfica’s Odysseas Vlachodimos were his closest challengers on 16 and 15 respectively.

Without Casillas between the posts, however, Porto surrendered their league crown to Benfica after finishing two points behind in second-place.

Sergio Conceicao’s side will be back in action in a pre-season friendly against Fulham on July 16. However, it remains unclear whether Casillas will be able to target a comeback for that date at this time.


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