Van Gaal Denies Retirement, Says ‘I’m Just Taking A Sabbatical’

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Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says has not retired, but is instead taking a sabbatical until the summer.

The 65-year-old appeared to call time on his coaching career in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf on Tuesday, saying “I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return.”.

The former Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Netherlands and United boss, however, he has cleared things up, 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.


Van Gaal also revealed he turned down a job offer from struggling Spanish club Valencia last month.

Valencia are on their third manager of the campaign, having replaced Pako Ayestaran and Cesare Prandelli already this season.

“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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