Van Gaal admits he was close to accepting Tottenham offer
JUN 03, 2014 5:14a ET
Louis van Gaal has revealed he was "very close" to taking the Tottenham job before agreeing to replace David Moyes at Manchester United.
The 62-year-old will stand down from his current role as Holland boss after the World Cup to take over at Old Trafford.
But he was linked with Spurs when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked last December, and more recently when the position of now-departed Tim Sherwood had begun to look uncertain.
Asked how near he was to taking the job, Van Gaal said: "Very close, very close.
"As a little boy I was a fan of Tottenham Hotspur with the team of Jimmy Greaves when he was the champion. Jimmy Greaves was my idol, so I was very close."
Holland take on Wales in Amsterdam in Wednesday in a final friendly before they leave for Brazil but Van Gaal is disappointed that his players will not be facing Champions League winner Gareth Bale.
"I am a little bit disappointed but I can understand it because Bale has a difficult, but also impressive, season under his belt," Van Gaal said.
"It is better that we have the best team of Wales because we need resistance. I think Wales without these players are weaker.
"But I have seen Wales play, against Iceland and Finland, and I like the way that they play - they want the ball.
"So it's not a bad team - but with Bale it is always better, with Ramsey also."