Former Ajax and Barcelona manager Louis Van Gaal has revealed he was close to signing for Tottenham Hotspur before joining Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal was named as Manchester United manager on a three-year contract in 2014 but the controversial tactician revealed he would have loved to sign for Spurs but they waited too long
“He even stayed on to watch the Southampton-Spurs match later that afternoon [which Spurs won 3-2]. He asked for my thoughts about that game, so that was a kind of test as well.
“When Levy wanted to leave in the evening, I noticed there were TV cameras outside my house. A Dutch broadcaster had heard that he was in Holland, and guessed he would be here for me.
“As we wanted to keep it quiet, I called my neighbour to ask whether he could take him away in his car. As they did, with Levy hiding in the back seat, I opened my front door and approached the reporters to ask what they were doing.
“It worked out very well – they were taken by surprise. As a coach, timing is everything! But it took Spurs a long time to make a firm offer, and United approached me in the meantime. They acted far quicker.
“I also liked the idea of going there, to coach the number one club in England – just like I had done before in Holland, Spain and Germany. If Spurs had come with a concrete offer earlier on, I’d have signed for them.
“Spurs were actually a club I liked when I was younger, as I was a big fan of Jimmy Greaves. I told Levy that as well, but he blew the chance by waiting so long”
In May 2016, Louis van Gaal was sacked as manager of Manchester Uniteda and replaced with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.