treated secretly in the hospital

Louis Van Gaal revealed that he has been fighting a bad disease for some time: “It’s an aggressive form, I have been subjected to therapy 25 times”.

News shakes Holland and the European football world: Louis van Gaal has an aggressive form of prostate cancer. To confess it was the same coach of the national team Orange during the “Humberto” program on the Dutch TV this evening. The 70-year-old from Amsterdam said he has not yet revealed it to his players to avoid psychological repercussions: “I thought it was best not to tell the people you work with because it could affect their choices, their resolve.”

van Gaal also talked about the way he was treated in the hospital and how he performed the therapies: “I had to have preferential treatment in the hospital. I was allowed in the back door when I went on a date and was immediately taken to another room. I was treated wonderfully. Obviously I had already warned friends and relatives. And the fact that the news hasn’t come out yet says a lot about my personal sphere. Is fantastic”.

According to what he said, the former coach of Ajax, Manchester United and Barcelona underwent treatment during the evenings spent in retreat with the national team: “Throughout my period as coach of the national team, I have left at night, secretly, to go to the hospital without the players knowing until now. Thinking I am in good health. But … I’m not.”

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The coach of the Dutch national team explained how in recent months he has been subjected to 25 treatments, but he did not want to talk about his illness before so as not to affect the mood of his players: “They put me in therapy 25 times.”

Regarding the disease, the technician said: “You don’t die of prostate cancer, at least not ninety percent of the time. There are usually other diseases that kill you. But I was pretty aggressive and had to be treated.”

Despite his illness, van Gaal said he will participate in the World Cup in Qatar later this year with the Dutch national team. Many messages of closeness to the technician arrived from all over the world after his confession. Manchester United, his former club, published a post on his social profiles a little while ago: “Everyone is fully at the side of our former coach, Louis van Gaal, in his battle against cancer. We send you strength and courage, Louis.”


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