Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
Former Real Madrid superstar Iker Casillas – who has not played since suffering a heart attack last year – has decided to run for President of the Royal Federation of Spanish Football, it has been claimed.
The claim was made by Spanish journalist Manu Carreno who said Casillas had decided to “run in the elections for the Royal Federation of Spanish Football,” adding: “He is sure of it”.
Spanish journalist Carreno made the comments on the radio programme ‘El Largeuro’ broadcast by Spanish network Cadena SER.
Carreno apparently confirmed rumours surrounding former Spanish international Casillas’ intention to run for President of the Royal Federation of Spanish Football (RFEF).
Carreno said: “Iker Casillas has made a decision, and that is to run in the elections for the Royal Federation of Spanish Football.
“He is sure of it, regardless of when they take place. If they are moved up, he will run, and if they are held in autumn, he will run” referring to the fact no date had yet been set for the elections.
Carreno went on to say: “His close circle is working hard with high spirits as they are having meetings.
“They have communicated the news to the person now in charge of the Superior Sports Council (CSD), president Irene Lozano.
“They know at the CSD that Casillas intends and has decided to run for the presidential elections of the Royal Federation of Spanish Football and fight Rubiales for the post.”
Current RFEF President Luis Rubiales has been in the top-position since 2018 after the federation’s former president Angel Maria Villar was arrested for corruption charges which prompted extraordinary elections.
If Casillas, 38, runs in the elections, the decision will mark the end of his career as a professional footballer.
He has not played an official match since suffering a heart attack during a training session in early May 2019, however he continues to contribute to Porto by acting as a player liaison officer with the backroom staff.
He was reportedly fitted with a coronary stent, a tube-shaped device placed in the coronary arteries to supply blood to the heart and keep the arteries open during the treatment of heart disease.
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