Reports: Louis Van Gaal rejects Netherlands return

It has been reported that Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has rejected a return to the Netherlands national team.

Reports: Louis Van Gaal rejects Netherlands return
Above: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has rejected a return to the Netherlands national team | Getty Images

It is been reported that current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has rejected a move to make a return to the Netherlands national team. 

Swift return ? 

Van Gaal surprised many in his second spell with his home nation as he led the Netherlands to a third-placed finish at the 2014 World Cup before moving to Old Trafford to replace David Moyes

The national side have since took a turn for the worse under the watch of Danny Blind, father of Red Devil, Daley as they failed to qualify for this summer's Euro 2016 tournament. 

It is believed that the Dutch FA wanted to bring Van Gaal back into the fold in a director of football role to help reinvigorate and restore the country's national set-up and credibility.

Above: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal during his time in charge of the Netherlands has reportedly rejected a return to the national side | Getty Images
Above: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal during his time in charge of the Netherlands has reportedly rejected a return to the national side | Getty Images

Staying put 

However it is believed that during the last international break, Van Gaal turned down the opportunity. 

It has proved to be a torrid season for the 64-year-old with Van Gaal being linked with the sack on numerous occasions which have been followed by rumours of Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino taking the reigns this summer. 

However this apparent rejection will fuel rumours that have emerged out of his home nation this week that he is likely to see out the remaining year of his contract despite the indifferent campaign. 

United's form has began to improve with back-to-back wins over Manchester City and Everton respectively which has kept their top-four ambitions alive. Also,with the FA Cup still to play for, it could prove to be a good season for the Red Devils

Seal of approval 

One positive from the Van Gaal era has been the emergence of youngsters with one of them been Anthony Martial who has been fantastic in his first season and the 20-year-old was full of praise for his manager. 

He told France Football that van Gaal had given him "a lot of confidence" and that he tries to "repay him every day". 

He continued by saying that he was a "very good coach" who wants everything Martial does "to be perfect". 

Manchester United will visit Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday, April 10 with kick-off at 4pm BST.