Iker Casillas has denied fresh reports he is retiring from football after he suffered a heart attack during training with Porto last month.The Real Madrid and Spain great had a myocardial infarction on May 1 and underwent emergency surgery before returning home five days later.Reports in Portugal claimed Casillas will announce his retirement on Thursday, with the goalkeeper said to be taking up a role on Porto’s board of directors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the 38-year-old indicated the media have jumped the gun because he is yet to be told by medical experts whether he has recovered enough to play football again.”The same as this tweet a month ago, except for the part of the medical check with the doctor,” Casillas wrote on Twitter, referencing a previous retirement denial.”More than anything because I have it tomorrow.”Lo mismo que este tweet de hace un mes salvo la parte de la revisión con el Doctor. Más que nada porque la tengo mañana. Abrazo a tod@s https://t.co/or8ObuBkjP— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) June 13, 2019Casillas came through Madrid’s academy and established himself in their first team as a teenager, going on to play 725 times for the club in all competitions, a total bettered only by striker Raul (741).He won every trophy possible with Los Blancos, including three Champions League crowns and five La Liga titles, and was also a part of the historic Spain team that won the country’s first World Cup in 2010 and ended a 44-year wait for European Championship success two years earlier.The keeper, who went on to win Euro 2012 and is regarded among the finest of his generation, remains Spain’s all-time leading appearance maker with 167 caps, though Sergio Ramos will likely overtake him soon.Casillas completed a switch to Porto from Santiago Bernabeu in 2015 and he has since managed to rack up over 100 appearances for the club.The veteran shot-stopper featured in 41 matches across all competitions last season, but the Portuguese giants failed to defend their domestic title after finishing two points behind champions Benfica.
zoom Royal Caribbean cruise line has cancelled port calls to South Korea amid outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) which has killed eleven people in the country already.The cancellation relates to calls by Mariner of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas and SkySea Golden Era.The port calls have been replaced with an alternate port or a sea day, the cruise line told Cruise Hive.Royal Caribbean has still not replied to inquiries sent by World Maritime News seeking confirmation.In addition, the outbreak has seen cruise ships departing from Shanghai drop South Korea calls, heading straight to Japan or making other readjustments, the Shaghai Daily reports.Cruise ship Sapphire Princess, scheduled to depart from Shanghai on June 27, replaced its stops in Busan and Jeju with Okinawa, according to online travel agency Ctrip.Quarantine procedures have been imposed across South Korea’s ports for ships coming from the Middle East and elsewhere.Since May 2015, the Republic of Korea has been investigating the largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Arabian Peninsula.According to Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare, 126 people have been diagnosed with MERS since the country’s first patient was reported on 20 May.The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a notice saying that Americans should change their travel plans to the Republic of Korea or other countries because of MERS.Honk Kong issued a similar recommendation urging the public “to pay special attention to safety during travel” and avoid “unnecessary travel to Korea, in particular those with chronic illnesses.”World Maritime News Staff