Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has expressed his desire to move to England after this summer’s World Cup finals.
The 62-year-old is currently in charge of the Dutch national team, but will step down after the tournament in June.
The vastly experienced Van Gaal has already been linked with a move to Tottenham, as a replacement for current incumbent Tim Sherwood. But, given David Moyes current difficulties at Manchester United, the Dutchman has also been linked with the Old Trafford job, should a vacancy arise.
However, the man in question remains tight-lipped about anything more substantial.
“My ambition is to coach a top team in the Premier League,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by Bild.
“I have never experienced the atmosphere in England.”
Having already won major titles in three countries, namely Spain, Germany and Holland, the former Barcelona boss wishes to emulate the feat in England.
“I want to win the league title in a fourth country. That’s my objective and I want to fulfil it.
“Either that, or I will retire and move with my wife to Portugal.”
If he were to realise that ambition, Van Gall would join a select group. Giovanni Trapattoni, Ernst Happel, José Mourinho, and Tomislav Ivić are the only four coaches to have won league titles in four different countries.
During a managerial career spanning 23 years, Van Gaal has coached Ajax (twice), Barcelona (twice), the Dutch national team (twice), AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich.