Louis van Gaal admits he “will listen” if Portugal call

Louis van Gaal has admitted he is willing to listen to the right offers to take him out of retirement again, Voetbal International reports.

There has been talk about what next for the former Barcelona boss with even the Belgium job discussed while he was still on Oranje duty in Qatar but the coach is open to talks, including the Portugal job.

Fernando Santos was sacked from his role as Portugal head coach after they were knocked out of the quarter-finals of the World Cup – the same as Oranje – when they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Morocco.

The revelation comes after Van Gaal called into a radio show in conversation with the DJs of 3FM Serious Request in the Glass House in Amersfoort. It did not take long after the Van Gaal’s request, which he paid €1,000 to play We Love Oranje by André Hazes, for the DJs on the radioshow to ask the question of what next for him.

“I’m retired again,” Van Gaal began his reply. “But if they [Portugal] call me, I’ll listen. That’s all I can say.”

Van Gaal also recently said that he is charmed by Belgium. “That was not a flirt, questions were asked about it,” he defended himself on Tuesday. “I can’t help that, I have to answer that. I’m not flirting with Portugal right now either,” he said.

The Dutch coach left his role as Netherlands boss for the third time in his managerial career after guiding Oranje to their first World Cup since 2014 where they bowed out of the competition on penalties against Argentina for the second successive time.

GBeNeFN | Tom Phillips

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