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Louis van Gaal plans to retire in 2017 following 'promise' he made to his wife

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Louis van Gaal has said he will leave Manchester United when his contract expires in 2017 following a promise he made to his wife, Truus.

The Dutchman has revealed he would be unlikely to agree and extension on his current deal if the club were to offer him one. 

The 63-year-old said he would be leaving Old Trafford at the end of his current deal to spend more with his wife.

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Speaking to BBC Sport during United's pre-season tour he said: "I promised that to my wife. We have not many years together any more. That is the reason. I have done everything in my career as a manager."

The Dutch manager admitted his wife would be "very mad" if he was to extend his stay at Old Trafford past 2017.

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"I have to admit I have said to her, when I met her and our relationship seemed to be very good, that at 55 years I shall quit," he said.

"I am still working and next week I am 64. The only wish was the Premier League. Now I am here.

"So. I have to go to Qatar to earn still more money? I don't think so. You have to enjoy also your life and your relationship with your wife."

Having won league titles in Germany, Spain and Holland before taking his nation to a World Cup semi-final, the only unchartered territory for the 63-year-old was the Premier League.

Van Gaal was chosen to take the helm at Manchester United following a difficult season under David Moyes that saw the club finish outside the top three for the first time in the Premier League era, finishing seventh.

Following a poor start to the season, the former Holland boss took United back into the Champions League in his debut season, finishing fourth and will be hoping to do even better next season following a summer that has seen five new additions so far.

Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero was confirmed as the latest addition to the United squad this summer in the early hours of Monday morning and is expected to play back up to David de Gea, should the Spaniard stay past transfer deadline day. 

United have also made a strong start to pre-season as they beat a Messi-less Barcelona 3-1 in San Francisco. However Van Gaal will not be getting carried away as last year they beat Real Madrid 3-1 before struggling to fourth in the Premier League.

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