Van Gaal Says He’s Not Retired, Just On Sabbatical

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Louis Van Gaal has denied talks of him retiring from management, saying he’s just on sabbatical.

According to quotes in De Telegraaf reported on Monday, the 65-year-old looked to have retired citing family issues after he was sacked by Manchester United last season.

The ex-Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Netherlands and United coach however, has clarified his future, insisting he is only taking a break from management.

“No, no no. I have not retired,” Van Gaal told Cadena SER. “I am just taking a sabbatical year and after that I will decide. There is a good chance that I will retire.

“In the Netherlands the press writes what they want. I received a headline yesterday, but I said that I might retire, but this is not the time to say it, and for this reason I have taken a sabbatical year and then I will decide.”

“I received an offer from Valencia a month or so ago but I said no,” said Van Gaal, who guided Barca to consecutive La Liga tiles from 1997-99.

“Next year may be different. It will depend on how I feel.”



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