Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, former manager of Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern and Manchester United, announced this Sunday in a TV interview in his country, that he suffers from “aggressive” cancer in his prostate.
The 70-year-old coach revealed that the players of the Dutch team, who will play the next World Cup in Qatar, were unaware of this situation.
“I think you don’t tell the people you work with because it could influence their choices, their decisions,” Van Gaal told the RTL channel.
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In addition, he explained that he has received chemotherapy 25 times, several of them at night after directing training sessions for the Dutch internationals.
“You don’t die from prostate cancer, at least not in 90 percent of cases. It’s other diseases that kill you. I had a pretty aggressive form and received chemotherapy 25 times. I had preferential treatment at the hospital. I They allowed me to enter through the back door when I went to a date and they have treated me wonderfully. I told my friends and family about it and the fact that nothing came out speaks well for my surroundings”, said the coach.
The disease will not prevent him from directing the “Oranje” in the World Cup in Qatar-2022, according to the coach himself.
“This is part of my life,” he added in this interview granted on the occasion of the next premiere of a film about his career that will be titled ‘Louis’. “I’ve been through so many hardships in my life, sickness and death, I’ve probably enriched myself as a person as a result of all these experiences,” he explained.
Van Gaal is in his third stage at the helm of the Dutch soccer team, after 2000-2001 and 2012-2014. In March he tested positive for covid-19. Always direct in the way he speaks of him, Van Gaal also sparked controversy in March by calling the decision to organize the next World Cup in Qatar “ridiculous”, accusing Fifa of being solely motivated “by money and commercial interests “.
The Netherlands will play the first phase of the World Cup (from November 21 to December 18) with the host Qatar, Ecuador and with Senegal, with whom they will play the opening match of the event. In 2021, the former coach of Ajax, Barcelona and Manchester United, among others, broke his hip when he fell while riding a bicycle.
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