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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal reveals plans to leave Old Trafford

Van Gaal set for short stay at United.

Louis van Gaal has revealed that he plans to quit as manager of Manchester United and retire from football management at the end of his current contract, according to Sky Sports.

The Dutchman only joined the Red Devils last year, and has proven a popular figure at Old Trafford after a raft of new big-name signings and a successful season that saw the club work its way back into the Premier League’s top four.

Still, it seems Van Gaal will not be with the club for very long, as he has admitted he has promised his wife he will finally be retiring from a long and successful coaching career in 2017.

“I promised that to my wife,” he explained. “We have not many years together any more.

“I have done everything in my career as a manager. I have been in the Netherlands, my home country. I have been in Spain, fantastic league. Germany, fantastic league. Now I am here.

“Also to participate in a world championship. I have done that. So, I have to go to Qatar to earn still more money? I don’t think so. You have to enjoy also your life and your relationship with your wife.”

Having won a host of major honours with the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the past, the United boss would love to bring in the required players to deliver a fourth Champions League title for the Reds, though he has insisted he must keep quiet on transfers at the moment as speculation grows that a sensational return for Cristiano Ronaldo could be in store.

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The Daily Mirror reported back in March that former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had met with Ronaldo to try to persuade him to come back to England, and it could be a signing that Van Gaal would be fond of, as he spoke of his desire to bring in a world class attacker.

“Bayern Munchen – they have Ribery and Robben. Chelsea have Hazard and Willian. Real Madrid: Ronaldo and Bale. Barcelona: Neymar and Messi,” he said.

“(Ashley) Young and (Juan) Mata had fantastic seasons with assists and goals but to win the Champions League you need speed also. That is why I think, maybe, we still have to buy a player with speed and creativity.”

Asked specifically about Ronaldo, he replied: “I cannot answer these questions. When we shall buy a player and he has signed, then we shall say. But not in a process and not in a strategy.”

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