Football world rallies round Netherlands coach Van Gaal after cancer revelation


Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has received messages of support from his former clubs Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich after revealing he has prostate cancer. Van Gaal, 70, said on Sunday he had been receiving treatment since being diagnosed in 2020, but still plans to lead his team at the World Cup in Qatar in seven months’ time.

United, where he was in charge in 2014-2016, were among those wishing the Dutchman a speedy recovery. “Everybody at Manchester United is fully behind our former manager, Louis van Gaal, in his battle against cancer.

Sending you strength and courage, Louis,” the English giants tweeted. Barcelona, where he was twice manager and twice won La Liga, said on Twitter: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to former Barca manager Louis van Gaal… Stay strong, Louis, and get well soon.” Another of his former clubs, Bayern Munich, which he managed between 2009 and 2011, said: “FC Bayern would like to wish former head coach Louis van Gaal all the best as he battles cancer.

We all know how strong a person he is. Hoping for a full and speedy recovery!” Former England striker Gary Lineker, now a TV presenter in Britain, also tweeted a message of support.—AFP


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