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Dutch coach Louis van Gaal announced yesterday that he is battling prostate cancer.
The 70-year-old former Manchester United and Barcelona coach has revealed his diagnosis on Dutch television, but has confirmed he plans to continue his career.
He said, “When I was a coach, I had to go to the hospital at night without being seen by the players so far. They think I’m fine, but I’m not.”
He added: “You do not die of prostate cancer, in at least 90 per cent of cases, other underlying diseases that usually cause death, but I am of a severe nature, I have been treated 25 times, so there are a lot of things you can manage to survive.”
In his third spell in charge of the Netherlands, Van Gaal led his country to the World Cup qualifiers in Qatar, where they face hosts Senegal and Ecuador in Group A later this year.
His coaching career spanned nearly 40 years, and he won league titles with Barcelona, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Alcmar.
He spent two seasons with Manchester United, leading him to win the FA Cup in 2016, and was sacked just days after being crowned.
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