Louis van Gaal reveals he rejected AC Milan for Barcelona earlier in his managerial career
Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed he had the opportunity to work in Italy in the early stages of his managerial career but declined that offer before eventually joining Barcelona in Spain.
The Dutchman began his coaching career in Netherlands, with his first senior stint with Eredivise giants Ajax, between 1991 and 1997, guiding the club to the famous 1994/95 Champions League title.
And in 1997, van Gaal joined Barcelona in the La Liga, in what was his first spell with the club, spending three seasons at the Camp Nou, winning two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and the 1997 UEFA Super Cup.
In his recent interview, van Gaal confirmed he had the opportunity to work in Italy with Milan but he declined that offer before joining La Liga giants Barcelona.
“I had an opportunity to work in Italy towards the start of my career, before I went to Barcelona. It was AC Milan who wanted me.”
“Ariedo Braida came to my house in Amsterdam to take me to Milan. He wanted me to come immediately and I couldn’t. I have decided not to accept.”
Louis van Gaal later had spells with the Dutch national team, AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivise, Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga and lastly in his career, Manchester United where he guided the Red Devils to their first ever silverware in 2016 [FA Cup] following the retirement of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.