It is now time for Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas to put his health challenge aside and grab a new role at the club.
The 38-year-old, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, suffered “an acute myocardial infarction” during training at the beginning of May.
He will now join the coaching crew as he has not been given medical clearance yet to resume his playing career.
In a statement on Monday, Porto said Casillas will take up a role that will “ensure the connection between the players, the coach and management.”
“I’m going to do something different from what I usually did, which was to be on the pitch. I’ll try to make the connection between the team and the club,” Casillas told the club website.
“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, close to the younger players, because there would be a lot of changes. I will try to do my best to help my team-mates.”
Casillas played 167 times for Spain and captained his country to their first ever World Cup triumph in South Africa. He also won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.