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van Gaal says prostate cancer treatment has been successful

Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal has said that the radiation treatment he was undergoing for prostate cancer has been successful.

The 70-year-old, who managed Manchester United between 2014 and 2016, revealed he was battling the disease on Dutch television on April 3.

Van Gaal has already said that he will step down from his third spell with the national team after the 2022 World Cup. He previously managed Ajax, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich in a sparkling career.

Speaking to ANP, Van Gaal said: “I've been through everything. I had 25 radiation treatments. Then I had to wait five or six months to see if it had done its job. It did.”

He had previously not revealed the illness to his players, telling television programme Humberto on Sunday: “I didn't want to tell it to my players because it could have influenced their performances.

“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.”

Van Gaal’s first wife, Fernanda Obbes, died of liver and pancreatic cancer in 1994. The year after, Van Gaal won his first Champions League with his legendary Ajax side.

“I've been through a lot with illnesses, including with my own wife,” he added. “So that's just part of life.

“(I) as a human being have probably become richer because of all those experiences.”

Last month, the Netherlands side were drawn in Group A alongside Qatar, Senegal, and Ecuador. Earlier that week, he called FIFA’s decision to host the World Cup in Qatar, a “bulls**t decision”.

Ronald Koeman will replace Van Gaal after the World Cup

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