Madrid - Spanish sports minister Irene Lozano confirmed on Thursday that she
had met with former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas but refused to say if
they discussed the presidency of the national football federation.
"I understand that he is causing a stir because he is a great sports
figure and I received him as such, just as I receive many
personalities," Lozano told the press on Thursday.
"We had a relaxed, pleasant conversation and there is not much more
to add. I am discreet about the conversations I have and any
clarifications will be made by him," added Lorenzo.
Spanish media on Wednesday reported the meeting and said Casillas had
told the national sports council (CSD) of his intention to run. Lorenzo
is president of the CSD.
The Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo said that "it was Casillas who requested the meeting".
Casillas, 38, played 167 times for Spain, winning two European
Championships and one World Cup, and more than 700 games for Real
Madrid, with whom he won the Champions League three times. He joined
Porto in 2015.
Last April he suffered a heart attack during training and has not
played since. His name has been linked with the Spanish football
federation (RFEF) presidency for some months.