Iker Casillas is not sure whether he would like a coaching career, but he has suggested that if it ever happens, his style would be close to those of Zinedine Zidane, Vicente del Bosque, or Carlo Ancelotti. More than 12 months after suffering a heart attack, Casillas emphasized that he is safe and that doctors have given him the green light to live a normal life.

“Football is my life. I saw various places where I could be, and we’ll see what I’m going to do. I think I’d be more like Zidane, Del Bosque, or Ancelotti, although my character on the field was a little different.” Casillas referred to the former Real Sociedad shot-stopper Luis Arconada when asked to reveal his goalkeeping hero when asked to reveal his goalkeeping idol.

“I think [Marc-Andre] Ter Stegen and [Jan] Oblak were very important for their clubs, and [Thibaut] Courtois is the goalkeeper we expected at Real Madrid,” Casillas added. He also put the goalkeepers of three Spanish clubs among the best in the world. I will place all three above the rest.

“I have more of [Luis] Arconada’s memories. He was a terrific goalkeeper, and I was blessed to meet him. [Andoni] Zubizarreta and [Santiago] Canizares, too, but the most mythical is Arconada for me.

Despite declaring in February that he would run for the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Casillas backtracked four months later and left the electoral race open to Luis Rubiales.

“I intended to go hand in hand with the [Spanish Football] Federation and LaLiga, to look at each other for the benefit of football and players,” Casillas noted.

“In the long term, I’m not going to rule it out. I’ve been going through all the national team levels since I was young, but I would like to support my country, particularly the young people.”


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