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Porto to aid Casillas recovery with coaching role

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Iker Casillas will work as link between the coaches and directors to the players.

FC Porto announced on Monday that veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas will join the team's staff as he continues his recovery from a heart attack suffered two-and-a-half months ago.

Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning captain has not been given medical clearance yet to resume his playing career and he has not announced his retirement.

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Porto said in a club statement that Casillas, 38, will be part of the Porto staff as he continues recovering from his "health problem"...

Casillas future dependent on medical OK - agent

Iker Casillas joined Porto on a free transfer from Real Madrid in 2015.

Iker Casillas is still awaiting medical clearance before deciding if he will resume his playing career, despite reporting back for preseason training with Porto on Monday.

Casillas, who suffered a heart attack two months ago, posted a photograph on Twitter of himself and teammates at Porto's training ground on Monday with the message: "Back to work. First day."

However, the former Spain and Real Madrid captain did not train as he is still on medical leave.

He cannot practice until he is cleared...

Sources: Griezmann holding up Joao Felix move

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Atletico Madrid's €126 million move for forward Joao Felix from Benfica is being held up as they wait to receive an expected €120m from the sale of Antoine Griezmann, sources have told ESPN FC.

Benfica confirmed last week that Atletico had made the huge offer for Portugal international, who would become the La Liga club's biggest ever signing and the fifth most expensive in history.

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A source in Portugal told ESPN FC that "logistical issues...

Sources: Horta to leave LAFC, open up DP spot

Portugal international midfielder Andre Horta is leaving LAFC to rejoin SC Braga, where he spent the 2017-18 season on loan, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

Sources confirmed that LAFC is selling 50 percent of Horta's rights for $2.75 million, meaning LAFC will get half of any subsequent transfer fee involving Horta. The move also sees him rejoin brother Ricardo, a 24-year-old midfielder with Braga.

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'New Ronaldo' Felix: Decision on future soon

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Joao Felix has said he will not make a decision regarding his future until after the UEFA Nations League final.

The young Benfica forward -- hailed as 'the new Cristiano Ronaldo' -- is preparing to play against Netherlands with Portugal on Sunday and has attracted the attention of top European clubs this season, including Manchester City and Manchester United, after scoring 15 goals and setting up nine more in 26 league appearances. It was his debut season with Benfica and helped the club win...