Louis van Gaal refuses Portugal’s offer. In the wake of speculations that he might succeed Fernando Santos as manager of Portugal, former Netherlands managerhas refused to consider such a managerial comeback. Van Gaal, who has been connected to the position of coach of the Portuguese national team, claims to be retired but is open to proposals. He stated: “I’m once more retired. But I’ll take their call and listen. I can only say that.”
After the Oranje were eliminated by Argentina in a 4-2 penalty shootout in the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, the Dutchman resigned as the team’s manager. Before assuming the position of Netherlands manager for the second time in his life in 2021, he had previously retired.
With Santos gone and Portugal having lost to Morocco 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup, there is now an open position for Portugal. Van Gaal is a strong contender, although Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas are also mentioned.
Roberto Martinez quit after Belgium’s World Cup group stage loss, and the former Manchester United manager has also been linked to the position. Van Gaal mentioned that as well, but he stressed that despite his apparent willingness to engage in negotiations, he is not courting either nation’s position. Van Gaal stated: “There were inquiries made regarding it, so it wasn’t a flirt. I’m forced to respond because I can’t help myself. I’m not now making out with Portugal either.”
Van Gaal, who has held coaching positions at Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona, is one of the most well-known figures in the football world. Throughout his illustrious career, he has won the UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga, La Liga (twice), and Eredivisie (four times).
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