AC Milan have identified Louis van Gaal as one of the potential candidates to take over as their next manager, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Louis van Gaal faced the sack at Manchester United last month, just days after having won the FA Cup with the Red Devils. A series of mediocre performances throughout the season, and failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League is what led to the Dutchman getting replaced by Jose Mourinho at the Old Trafford club.
By winning the FA Cup, Van Gaal kept his record of having won a major trophy at every club he has managed, intact. But the 64-year-old still failed to win the league with United – a feat he did manage to achieve during his tenures at Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich.
Van Gaal was appointed by Manchester United in 2014 on a three-year contract, following which he intended to retire as manager.
He was quoted as saying in 2015: “Normally I shall leave after next year (2016-17), but what is normal in our football world? You never know so I cannot answer that question. But I promised my wife to go with her to our paradise [villa in Portugal] so it shall be very hard for me to deny that promise. Next year I am 65 and say I stay a year longer, it shall be very hard to my wife.”
But with the former Netherlands National Team boss parting ways with Manchester United one year earlier than intended, it may be quite likely to see him postpone his retirement date – something Italian Giants AC Milan will be absolutely hoping for.
Former Milan midfielder Cristian Brocchi is currently in charge at the San Siro club, having succeeded Sinisa Mihajlovic back in April. But according to reports in Italy, Milan are now looking to replace Brocchi and appoint a more experienced manager, which is why they have targeted Louis van Gaal as a possible candidate for the job.
Van Gaal is not alone on the list of Rossoneri’s targets, however, as they are also keeping tabs on other world-class managers like Frank de Boer, Manuel Pellegrini and Andre Villas-Boas.