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Former Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and
Netherlands coach, Louis van Gaal has denied reports that he retired following a recent interview.
Van Gaal in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf on
Tuesday, suggested, following his son in-law's death he could retire
from management after a successful 26 year career, coaching the
world's biggest clubs.
"I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I
will return." He said .
But when aske d by Spanish radio station El Larguero on Wednesday,
if he had really retired , he said :
"No. I am going to take a sabbatical year and then maybe. I
will decide yes or no. It is not definitive. Maybe I retire. But
in this moment, I do not know. It is not the moment to
"For personal reasons I have taken a sabbatical year and
after that I will decide. Depending also on the offers, it will
be my decision to return or not."
'I received an offer from Valencia, but in this moment I said
no," Van Gaal added. Next year could be different, depending
on how I feel."
When asked the particular period he received the Valencia offer, he
"I don't know. Maybe a month ago or a few weeks ago. It
could have been a nice project."