Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has insisted that he has no problem with Pep Guardiola’s decision to suggest that he will coach in England next season.
The Dutchman was speaking to the media in his press conference on Friday, as reported by Sky Sports, and responded to questions about the Spaniard.
Guardiola announced this week that he would be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season, and had already received offers from England with the Premier League his intended next stop in a glittering coaching career that has already seen him win numerous titles.
While Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal have all been linked with a possible interest, as noted by Sky Sports, Van Gaal isn’t taking too much notice of the talk and insisted that he is purely focusing on the latter stages of his own career and how he can help United move forward.
“He wants to sniff the culture of England, the Premier League and I wanted that also, I think it’s very good that he does that and I don’t think it will interfere in his club now,” he said.
“I think every manager has the right to announce that [he is leaving] because it is not for sure that he shall be manager next year of a Premier League club. The Premier League club is also the partner of a contract. I am at the end of my career so for me it is not so interesting. For me it’s interesting how I take care of Manchester United in my contract and I still have one year to go after this season.
“I have received a contract of three years and these are the same goals as when I came here.”
Van Gaal will lead his side into Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Sheffield United hoping to build on their recent improved results, which saw them secure a goalless draw with Premier League champions Chelsea before ending their winless streak against Swansea City last time out.
While that alleviated some of the pressure on the former Ajax boss, he will welcome a cup run to lift spirits at Old Trafford, while it could also help the club build momentum as they look to close down the nine-point gap that exists between them and league leaders Arsenal.