Louis Van Gaal has dismissed reports that he has retired from football and revealed he rejected the chance to manage Valencia after Cesare Prandelli.
The Dutch boss left Manchester United at the end of the last season after two years in charge and bowed out by winning the FA Cup in his final match in charge, but Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported he had taken the decision to retire.
"No, no no. I have not retired," Van Gaal told Cadena Ser’s El Larguero show.
"I am just taking a sabbatical year and after that I will decide. It depends on the offers I receive. I will decide next July.
"I could return [to Spain]. Valencia offered me the manager's job around a month ago, or five weeks. I said no.
"In the Netherlands the press write what they want – I said maybe I will retire, but it is not the time to make that decision, which is why I have taken a sabbatical before deciding, but of course it also depends on offers.”