Louis van Gaal signals interest in Spurs again: 'Maybe Tottenham are coming'

The Netherlands manager says working in the Premier League would be a challenge

Louis van Gaal has yet again indicated his interest in joining Tottenham this summer.

The Netherlands coach has confirmed that he will depart his current post after this summer's World Cup in Brazil - and after that "maybe" Tottenham beckons.

It is not the first time van Gaal has expressed an interest in Spurs, however his continued comments will likely infuriate Tottenham's current manager Tim Sherwood.

Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas when the Portuguese coach was sacked earlier this season, and since taking the reins has led Spurs to victory in seven of their 10 Premier League games. However, despite their strong form in the league, the club's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League look slim with the sides currently occupying the top four positions in equally impressive form.

Failure to qualify for Europe's elite competition, the pre-season target for the club, could see another change in management at White Hart Lane, despite Sherwood signing an 18-month contract back in December, and it would appear Van Gaal is a very willing candidate.

"I will definitely not be in charge for the Euro 2016 qualification campaign. I don't know where I will go next," the 62-year-old is quoted as saying by the Guardian.

"Normally I go with my pension, and go to live in Portugal (where he owns a property), but maybe there will come a new challenge.

"I have said before that a challenge should be a club in the Premier League. That's a challenge.

"Maybe Tottenham are coming but, first, we have to go to Brazil."

 

However, van Gaal is not limiting himself only to a move to Tottenham.

He told the Daily Mail: "I am mostly interested in England because I have been a coach in Spain, Germany, in the Netherlands so I think England is the next step in my career.

"It could be another club (other than Spurs), it depends on the vacancies because Spurs were already (in touch) with me.

"I prefer to be focused on this World Cup and now there's another coach (Sherwood) so as coach, you cannot say 'I go to that club or that club', it depends on circumstances."

Van Gaal has managed Ajax, Bayern Munich and Barcelona and won seven league titles across three countries during his managerial career.

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