Van Gaal to quit af­ter Utd

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MANCh­EStER — Manch­ester United manager Louis van Gaal will re­tire from foot­ball when he leaves his job at Old traf­ford, he was quoted as say­ing by The Daily Tele­graph on thurs­day.

“this is my last job. For sure,” he said.

“i have to pay at­ten­tion to my kids, my grand­chil­dren but also to my wife. they de­serve it. Now i can­not pay that at­ten­tion.”

the 63-year-old Dutch­man, whose United con­tract runs un­til 2017, has man­aged some of the world’s top teams in­clud­ing Ajax Am­s­ter­dam, Barcelona, and Bay­ern Mu­nich, and guided the Nether­lands to the World Cup semi-fi­nals in Brazil.

“it is an hon­our and a chal­lenge to be coach of United be­cause i was trainer-coach of No. 1 (team) in the Nether­lands, No. 1 in Spain and No. 1 in Ger­many,” he said.

“i had a choice to be manager of dif­fer­ent clubs (like tot­ten­ham hot­spur). i have cho­sen the No 1. i am very proud. i don’t think there are many other coaches who can say that.”

van Gaal, who won the Cham­pi­ons League with Ajax in 1995, said he had al­ways set out goals.

“Ev­ery­thing that i’ve reached i’ve set in ad­vance -- that i go to the Pre­mier League for ex­am­ple,” he added.

“i said it a year be­fore ( the World Cup) to my fed­er­a­tion, and every­body was ‘ aghhh, it is not pos­si­ble’. i said: ‘i go af­ter the cham­pi­onships’. One ex­pe­ri­ence in the world cham­pi­onship is, for me, enough.” — Reuters

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