The Hague (AFP) – Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal says he has prostate most cancers and has been receiving remedy, however nonetheless plans to steer his group on the World Cup in Qatar in seven months’ time.
The 70-year-old informed RTL tv on Sunday that the gamers “don’t know it”, including he has undergone 25 bouts of radiotherapy, together with throughout coaching camps with the Dutch group.
The gamers “think I’m in good health, but I’m not”, stated the previous Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Ajax coach, who started remedy final 12 months after his analysis in 2020.
“It’s part of my life,” he added in an interview marking the upcoming launch of a movie about his life, entitled LOUIS.
“I’ve been through so much in my life, sickness and death, I’ve probably become richer as a person because of all those experiences.”
Last week, it was introduced that Van Gaal had examined constructive for Covid. In 2021, he broke his hip when he fell off his bike.
Van Gaal, in his third time period as head coach of the Dutch nationwide facet, sparked controversy final month when he described the choice to carry the World Cup in Qatar “ridiculous”, accusing FIFA of being motivated by “money and commercial interests”.
The Netherlands had been positioned in Group A with hosts Qatar, Ecuador and Senegal in Friday’s draw.
United, the place he was in cost in 2014-2016, had been amongst these wishing the Dutchman a speedy restoration.
“Everybody at Manchester United is fully behind our former manager, Louis van Gaal, in his battle against cancer. Sending you strength and courage, Louis,” the English giants tweeted.
Barcelona, the place he was twice supervisor and twice received the Spanish league, tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to former Barca manager Louis van Gaal… Stay strong, Louis, and get well soon.”
Former England striker Gary Lineker additionally tweeted a message of help.
“Sending best wishes and hopes for a full recovery to Louis Van Gaal,” he wrote.
– Surprise return to Dutch job –
Van Gaal returned to the Dutch nationwide group after the resignation of Frank de Boer within the aftermath of the nation’s dismal last-16 exit from Euro 2020.
The no-nonsense Van Gaal managed the Oranje between 2000-2002 and 2012-2014, after they completed third on the World Cup in Brazil.
“Dutch football has always been close to my heart and national coaching is in my view a key position for the further advancement of our football. Moreover, I consider it an honour to coach the Dutch national team,” Van Gaal stated on the time of his return.
During Van Gaal’s first spell as supervisor the Dutch didn’t qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
He then went on to take up a training job with Manchester United, however was unceremoniously axed by the membership two days after profitable the FA Cup in 2016.
Van Gaal on the time stated profitable the FA Cup with the Red Devils “was the greatest achievement of my career”.
The typically brash and straight-talking Van Gaal introduced his “retirement” in January 2017.
At Barcelona, from 1997-2000, he received two La Liga titles. He returned to the Spanish giants in 2002 however an unsuccessful keep noticed him give up early the next 12 months.
He was additionally in cost at Bayern Munich from 2009-2011.
“We do not die of prostate cancer, in most cases. Most often, these are underlying diseases that can be fatal in this form of cancer,” stated Van Gaal.