After hitting the headlines with news of his unexpected retirement, Louis Van Gaal refuted all claims that he will be leaving football for good.
In an interview with the Spanish media, Cardena Ser, he stressed that he is simply on sabbatical.
“No, no no. I have not retired. I am just taking a sabbatical year and after that I will decide. It depends on the offers I receive. I will decide next July,” he explained.
He also mentioned that Valencia asked him to manage the club, but he turned down the offer.
Valencia was on the lookout for a new manager when Cesare Prandelli resigned last December. Fortunately, they secure the signature of Voro Gonzalez to manage the team for the rest of the season.
The news of Van Gaal’s retirement shook the world when the Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf quoted him saying:
“I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching.”
The said newspaper also quoted Van Gaal’s statement, which identifies the death of his son-in-law as one of the reasons behind his alleged retirement.
“In Holland the press write whatever they want. Like in Spain, they pay attention to other things,” he explained.
Van Gaal’s last stint as a manager was when he replaced David Moyes and became Manchester United’s new boss.
Though he was unable to help the Red Devils secure an automatic Champions League qualification, his legacy is best remembered via winning the sought-after FA Cup.
Prior to United, he has also managed the Dutch National Football Squad. In the 2014 World Cup, the team finished third in the highly anticipated tournament in the world.
He also had his fair share of managerial stints in Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich.