Report: Van Gaal recalls when Levy was taken away in trunk of car after secret meeting

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Dom Le Roy

Former Manchester United boss, Louis Van Gaal, has admitted that Daniel Levy had to be smuggled out of his house back in 2014 after the pair met to discuss the Dutch manager taking over at Spurs.

It was no secret that Spurs were interested in appointing Van Gaal in 2014, with the 68-year-old himself admitting last year that he made a mistake by rejecting the North Londoners in favour of the Red Devils (Telegraph).

Van Gaal’s decision to turn Tottenham down proved to be a blessing in disguise as Spurs hired Mauricio Pochettino instead.

It turns out that Van Gaal was Levy’s first-choice and that the Spurs chairman even visited the Dutchman’s home to discuss the possibility of taking over.

However, since journalist Jack van Gelder was waiting outside the former Van Gaal’s house, Levy had to leave in secret.

In an interview to De Telegraaf, Van Gaal said (as relayed by football oranje): “Levy went to my house here in Noordwijk and was taken away in the trunk, because Jack van Gelder was outside.

“It took a long time and he (Levy) actually gave Manchester United the opportunity to make an offer as well.”

Spurs Web Opinion

We can certainly count our lucky stars that Van Gaal rejected us. I remember most Spurs fans being livid that we allowed United to nab Van Gaal and settled for Pochettino instead. It just goes to show how unpredictable football is.

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