Louis van Gaal has hinted that he will leave Manchester United when his contract at the club expires in 2017.
The Dutchman took over at Old Trafford in 2014 following the exit of David Moyes and is currently in the second year of a 36-month contract.
Currently 64, by the time his deal expires the experienced manager will be almost 66, and despite previously hinting that he’s already looking to stay on beyond his pre-agreed stint, the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has revealed that, due to promises made to his wife, Truus, he may opt to leave United:
“Normally I shall leave after next year, but what is normal in our football world?” he is quoted by The Mirror.
“You never know, so I cannot answer that question, but I promised my wife to go with her to our paradise in Portugal, so it shall be very hard for me to deny that promise.
“I was 57 and I go to Bayern Munich and then, by that time, I am 65 and say I stay a year longer [at Manchester United]? It shall be very hard for my wife.”
It’s already being speculated that club hero Ryan Giggs will succeed Van Gaal.
The Welshman is currently the former Netherlands gaffer’s assistant, and has enjoyed a brief stint in charge of the club following Moyes sacking at the end of the 2013/14 season.