Spain legend admits Mourinho was one of first to call after he suffered heart attack

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Dom Le Roy

Iker Casillas has admitted that Jose Mourinho was one of the first ones to call him to find out how he was after he suffered a heart attack last year.

The legendry shot-stopper was rushed to hospital on May 1 of last year after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Porto training ground.

The 39-year-old spent five days in hospital but, thankfully, managed to make a full recovery, and has since announced his retirement from the game.

Casillas’ relationship with Mourinho was rather frosty during the Portuguese coach’s time at Real Madrid, with the former Spain captain being dropped in favour of Diego Lopez towards the end of the Special One’s reign.

That proved to be the start of the end of Casillas’ Real Madrid career, with the goalkeeper eventually joining Porto two years after Mourinho left the Santiago Bernabeau.

Casillas admitted that, despite their differences during their Real Madrid days, the Tottenham boss was among the first to call him to check on him last summer.

He told ESPN (as relayed by “A lot of people don’t know it but Jose Mourinho was one of the first people to call about me, to call me to find out how I was.

Casillas was seen hugging Mourinho at the FIFA congress and admitted that it proved to be quite an emotional event for him.

He added: “I saw people I had not seen for a long time, it makes you appreciate the little things in life. You live more from day to day, you stop just being in your own little world.

“I was very lucky, other people don’t have that. I felt that I was definitely going to die that day, and the circumstances forced me to reconsider everything.

“I’m a privileged person. If I can continue to play football, I will do that.”

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