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Louis van Gaal has said he is receiving treatment for prostate cancer
Louis van Gaal has said he is receiving treatment for prostate cancer (RTL)

Louis van Gaal has revealed he is suffering from prostate cancer.

The former Manchester United manager is currently the head coach of the Netherlands national team and is due to lead the side for their World Cup campaign in Qatar later this year.

Publicly speaking about his illness for the first time on RTL’s show ‘Humberto’ on Sunday evening, Van Gaal revealed he has been receiving treatment in the evening whilst continuing to train the team but decided not to tell the players in his Netherlands squad.

‘I think you don’t tell people you work with like that because it might influence their choices, their decisiveness, so I thought they shouldn’t know,’ Van Gaal said.

‘You don’t die from prostate cancer, at least not in ninety per cent of the cases.

‘It is usually other underlying diseases that kill you. But I had a pretty aggressive form, got irradiated 25 times. Then you have a lot of management to do in order to go through life.

‘I did have preferential treatment in the hospital. I was allowed in through the back door when I went to an appointment and was immediately pushed into another room. I have been treated wonderfully.

‘You will of course tell your friends and relatives about it. The fact that nothing has come out yet also says something about my environment. That’s great.’

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