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'If Portugal call me, I'll listen' - Van Gaal on managerial future after pledging retirement

  • Van Gaal makes surprising claim
  • Would "listen" to Portugal offer
  • Retired after 2022 World Cup

WHAT HAPPENED? Van Gaal confirmed heading into the 2022 World Cup that the tournament would be his last spell as a manager in football, following a sensational career. He guided the Netherlands to the semi-final in 2014 and the quarter-final in Qatar, bowing out to eventual winners Argentina. But while many naturally assumed this was his last act, the 71-year-old made a rather shocking admission on Tuesday.

WHAT HE SAID: Per 3FM, Van Gaal claimed: "I'm retired again. But if [Portugal] call me, I'll listen. That's all I can say."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Portugal also crashed out in the World Cup quarter-final and have since parted with long time manager Fernando Santos as a result, leaving a job opening available. Van Gaal, though, has battled illness throughout his third stint as Netherlands manager, undergoing treatment for prostate cancer while preparing the Oranje for the World Cup.

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WHAT NEXT? Van Gaal will most likely have his feet up over the festive period, but will no doubt have his phone on full volume in case a call from the Portuguese FA comes his way.