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Ex Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona manager Louis van Gaal announced his retirement from football after rejecting a four-year-deal with a Chinese Super League side that was offering him £44m for four seasons.

The Dutchman, 65, wants to be close with his family, that is going through a tough moment after one of his daughters lost her husband in the past month, a fact that has weighed heavily on his decision:

“I could go there, but I’m still here: so much has happened in my family,” the ex Red Devils boss claimed.

He said after leaving United that he was interested in coaching again, but that door now seems to have closed.

“I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching,” he said.

Van Gaal started his managerial career in 1991, and besides Manchester United in the past two seasons he was in charge also at Ajax, Barcelona and AZ Alkmaar but was also Netherlands national team coach in two occasions: from 2000 to 2002 and from 2012 to 2014.

Van Gaal won 3 Dutch titles, 1 Champions League and 1 Intercontinental Cup with Ajax -1 Dutch title with AZ,  1 Spanish league, 1 Spanish Cup and UEFA Super Cup with Barcelona – 1 German league, 1 German Cup and 1 German Super Cup with Bayern Munich and 1 FA Cup with Manchester United.

He also brought Netherlands to a third place in World Cup 2014 and lost two Champions League finale, one of this against his ex “pupil” José Mourinho, who was his assistant for three years at Barcelona in the late 90’s, in 2009-2010 against Inter in Madrid.

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Former Chelsea defender Alex will soon retire from football due to a serious knee injury suffered recently.

The 34-year-old told Globoesporte: “I’m retiring, I made the decision with my family,”

“I would need to have surgery and then it would take nine months to come back. I just couldn’t put up with that pain.”

Brazilian star Alex joined Chelsea from Santos in 2004 spending three years on loan at PSV Eindhoven before coming back to Stamford Bridge in 2007.


He won With the Blues several titles: the Premier League, two FA Cups and the Champions League final in 2008.

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Guus Hiddink in the stands with Blues legend Didier Drogba during Sunderland game © Francesca Ceciarini

Didier Drogba dismissed the rumour that he would retire from football to join Guus Hiddink‘s coaching staff at Chelsea.

The Blues legend took his Twitter account to communicate that he is still trying to find a solution with MLS side Montreal Impact for his future.

The statement read:

Lovely to receive these messages but I have not yet announced my retirement & am still in discussion with about my future.

From the last part of the message we can understand that Drogba would like to leave the Canadian team to join Hiddink’s staff at Chelsea as a coach.

All Chelsea fans hope that Impact would set him free so he could help he team he loves in this delicate season.


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