Louis van Gaal has embarrassed Tottenham Hotspur by laughing off the claims that he was ever in contention to take over at White Hart Lane, claiming he was far too good for them.
Van Gaal took over at Manchester United two weeks ago after he took the Netherlands to third place at the World Cup in Brazil, but the appointment was announced just after the end of the Premier League season.
Spurs hoped for Van Gaal
Spurs were also mooted as a possible destination for the former Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona manager at the time, but he dismissed the reports this week. Not only did the 62-year-old say he was never in contention for the job because he never considered accepting an offer from Daniel Levy, hinting that he was too good a manager for north London’s second club.
“United know what I can do and I think that is why they have come for me, but they were not the only club,” he told reporters during the club’s US tour.
“Tottenham Hotspur also came but I am not a child any more and I know what I can do and that not any coach can work with the biggest clubs.”
This will be an embarrassing episode for Tottenham as their attempts to break regularly into the Champions League have failed over the past few seasons, which means they struggle to attract the big name players and managers.
Mauricio Pochettino left Southampton to join the White Hart Lane club this summer but he will have his hands full in trying to succeed where Harry Redknapp, Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood failed before him.
Van Gaal is worth it
Meanwhile, despite Van Gaal claiming Manchester United was the kind of club any manager would want to be in charge of, the forthright Dutchman insisted he was not in awe of the stature of the most successful club side in England.
Van Gaal believes his successes throughout his career have cemented him as one of the world’s leading football managers and that the job at Manchester United was one that had the prestige to match his own pedigree.
“I don’t say it’s a dream to be here, though, because I am 62 and I know what I can do,” he added,