Real Madrid and Spain legend Iker Casillas has revealed that current Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was one of the first people to call him after he suffered a heart attack while training with Porto.
Casillas suffered the heart attack in 2019 while at Porto and has not played since.
Mourinho and Casillas famously clashed at Madrid to the point where the keeper was dropped in favour of Diego Lopez but have repaired their relationship in recent years.
The 39-year-old says his former manager was one of the first to contact him on both occasions.
“You can become closer to people perhaps you weren’t as close to before,” Casillas told ESPN Deportes of the aftermath of his heart attack.
“A lot of people don’t know for example that my old manager Mourinho was the first person who was concerned with what happened to me and then later with my wife.”
Casillas has since made a full recovery from his heart attack.
He announced his retirement from football in August after a career that saw him win three Champions League titles, five La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, four Spanish Super Cups as well as the UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Intercontinental Cup on two occasions each.
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By Ofhani Munyai