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Louis van Gaal: 'This Manchester United team will reach it's potential but I won't be here'


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal has insisted he will not consider extending his stay as Manchester United manager beyond his current contract, which is due to expire in the summer of 2017.

Reports had suggested that Van Gaal was considering an extended stay in Manchester, but he has made a promise to his wife that he will retire in two years time and he is determined to stick to that plan.

Even though Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is being linked with the role once more, Van Gaal has promoted the claims of his assistant Ryan Giggs to succeed him as United boss and he is adamant he will not see the young team he is building develop fully due to his own personal retirement plan.

“It would be difficult to see this team reach its potential because that would mean I would have to stay,” Van Gaal told Sunday newspaper reporters.

“It is always difficult, because then you have to stay and you know what I said. And I am always doing the things that I said.”

Van Gaal went on to suggest he is keen to promote a youthful culture in his final two seasons at United, with Luke Shaw, Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial among the rising stars he is keen to develop.

“When you see my career, you can see a lot of youngsters are coming through,” he added.

“It is the next time when I am not there anymore, that you have the guards of the culture of the club and that is important – that I develop a culture of success, a culture of future manager.

“I believe in that kind of culture. That is more or less an argument to come here to Manchester because we also have a culture to play with young players.

“It is important for us to educate young players in the culture of Manchester United. We have seen the Class of ‘92, for example.

“Of course, it depends on the quality of the young players, but still we have that culture and we have to continue with it.

“When you see how we play, with Shaw, who is 20, with Memphis, who is 21, and Martial, who is 19, then you see that we are continuing with the culture of Manchester United.

“We also have players who we have on loan who are also very interesting, like [Adnan] Januzaj at Borussia Dortmund

“I am happy with that. We will follow all the players that we have on loan. It was good to see Tyler Blackett come on for Celtic in a big game at Ajax.

“I liked that too and I can say that Wilson will not be going either, he will not be sold because he is another young player that I like.”

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