Former Manchester United head coach Louis van Gaal says he is receiving treatment for prostate cancer. The Dutchman, who is currently the head coach of the Netherlands national team, announced the Dutch TV program Humberto on Sunday. Van Gaal said he had kept the news from his players during the recent international break.
Louis van Gaal Reveals he has been Battling Cancer
According to him, e said: “I didn’t want to tell it to my players because it could have influenced their performances.” He also said: “In each period during my time as manager of the national team I had to leave in the night to go to the hospital without the players finding it out until now. While thinking I was healthy, but. I am not.”
Louis van Gaal added: “I’ve been through a lot with illnesses, including with my wife. So that’s just part of life.” “[I] as a human being have probably become richer because of all those experiences.” The 70-year-old man is in his third spell as Netherlands head coach, having led them to third place at the 2014 World Cup and now to the 2022 finals in Qatar. In two years Chester United and Van Gaal led them to FA Cup success in 2016 before he was replaced by Jose Mourinho.
He has also won league titles with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AZ Alkmaar, and Ajax, where he led the Dutch side to Champions League glory in 1995. He is due to be in charge of the Netherlands at the World Cup in Qatar in November, with his side in Group A along with Senegal, Ecuador, and the hosts. Last month he called the decision to hold the tournament in the Gulf country “ridiculous” and said world football governing body Fifa had been solely motivated by “money and commercial interests”.