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Van Gaal "not interested" in Guardiola's imminent arrival

Van Gaal not looking too far into the future
Van Gaal not looking too far into the future

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted Pep Guardiola's imminent arrival in the Premier League is not his concern.

Guardiola has been linked with a move to succeed Van Gaal at Old Trafford, although United officials have insisted they are not interested in recruiting the coach who will quit as Bayern Munich boss this summer.

The Spanish tactician is expected to take over at Manchester City next season, with Van Gaal clearly less than interest in thinking too far into the distance as he prepares for his side's FA Cup third round tie against Sheffield United.

“I’m at the end of my career, so for me it’s not so interesting," he said when asked about Guardiola's confirmation that he would be managing in England next season.

"For me it’s interesting how I take care of Manchester United, and after this season I still have one year to go.

“I said that when I came here. I still have the same goals. I have received a contract of three years and these are same goals as when I came here.

“I said that two years ago (that Guardiola would come to the Premier League). It’s not so strange, you have to set always your goals, as a manager also.

“Some people might look at that a little bit strangely, but managers have ambitions to and he wants to sniff the culture of England.

“I wanted that also and I think that it's very good he (Guardiola) wants to do that, and I don't think it will have an impact on his club. Every manager has that right to announce that .”

Van Gaal also offered his backing to returning winger Adan Januzaj, who cut short his loan deal with Borussia Dortmund to return to United.

"I believe in the talent of Adnan Januzaj," added the United boss. 

"It shall be very difficult to play matches in Dortmund, unfortunately I was proved right but he can better train for us and maybe show his talent in the first team.

"He has been tested already this morning and he didn’t play so much 90 minutes in the pre-season and he has to show his fitness in the second team."