Louis Van Gaal, the current head coach of the Dutch national team, has revealed that he has been diagnosed with “severe forms” of prostate cancer.
The 70-year-old, a former manager of Manchester United in England, admitted this on a Dutch television show called Humberto on Sunday April 3 while announcing a new film about his life.
“Throughout my career as a national team coach, I had to leave at night to go to the hospital without the players knowing until now, thinking they were healthy, but …,” he said.
“I don’t think you tell the people you work with that because it could affect their choice, their decision. So I thought they shouldn’t know,” he added.
Going into more detail on the issue of his health, Van Gaal revealed that he had a “severe form” of cancer but remained positive while paying homage to the hospital staff who treated him.
“This is not due to prostate cancer, at least not in 90% of cases. It is usually the other underlying disease that kills you. But I had a severe form, I irrigated it 25 times.
In August 2021, van Gaal took the Dutch bag for the third time in his coaching career, leading it to finish third in the 2014 World Cup.
He replaced Frank de Boer after the Dutch team was knocked out of Euro 2020 in the round of 16 and van Gaal will lead his country to the Qatar 2022 World Cup in November. His team was drawn in Group A, along with Ecuador, Senegal and Qatar.