Louis van Gaal Picture: Getty
Louis van Gaal  Picture: Getty

By Oladapo Okeowo

Former Netherlands and Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, has refuted claims that he has retired.

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In an interview with Cadena SER, he said his retirement is not definite and he is only on a sabbatical.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf had on Monday reported that van Gaal had ended his coaching career, alluding to the sudden death of his son-in-law as the influencing factor.

The 65-year-old, who was replaced by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford after winning the FA Cup but coming fifth on the log, has been out of a job since the sack in May.

He, however, told Cadena SER that he refused an offer from Valencia.

“No, no no. I have not retired,” van Gaal told Cadena SER.

“Whether I continue or not will also depend on the offers I get,” he said.

“I’ve coached many clubs and I think it’s very difficult to improve on that level of clubs.

“It’s not true that I’ve retired, not at this moment, but I’ll decide at the end of my sabbatical, next June or July.”

van Gaal won titles in every country he coached in. He won the league title with Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar and the FA Cup with Manchester United.