Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed he is currently battling prostate cancer.

The 70-year-old revealed the news during an appearance on Dutch TV show ‘Humberto’ on Sunday evening.

Van Gaal has managed Barcelona and Manchester United in his illustrious career which has spanned over four decades.

Per TheEuropeanLad, van Gaal explained: “In each period during my time as manager of the National Team I had to leave in the night to go to the hospital without the players finding it out until now. While thinking I was healthy. But.. I am not.

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“I didn’t want to tell it to my players because it could have influenced their performances.”

He went on to explain it’s an ‘aggressive’ form of prostate cancer and so far, van Gaal has undergone 25 treatments battling the disease.

Van Gaal is in his third stint as Netherlands boss, having reached third place in the 2014 World Cup in his last tenure.

Following a disappointing Euro 2020 campaign, van Gaal replaced Frank de Boer and helped his country qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

The Netherlands were drawn in Group A of the competition alongside hosts Qatar, Ecuador and Senegal.

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