One time assistant of Van Gaal has claimed that the Dutchman snubbed Real Madrid and opted for Barcelona instead.
After van gaal led a young Ajax side to champions league glory, he was sought after by Barcelona and Real Madrid, but joined the Catalans in 1997.
Gerard van der Lem who was Van Gaal’s right hand man at the goalkeeper time has revealed that he could have ended up in Madrid.
“Real Madrid and Barcelona both wanted Van Gaal in 1997,” he told De Telegraaf.
“He asked me: ‘What do you want?’ I said that I preferred Barcelona… Madrid is right in the middle of Spain and is always incredibly hot in the summer and very cold in the winter.
“Barcelona has a more pleasant climate, seemed like a nicer city and I enjoy the sea.
“Louis then told me that he would open talks with Barcelona.”