Netherlands national team boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed he held talks with Tottenham but rejected the job to concentrate on the World Cup.

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van gaal ncAfter Tottenham sacked Andre Villas Boas last month, Van Gaal was seen as the clubs number one choice to take over, and was believed to have held talks with the clubs board.

However Tottenham appointed Tim Sherwood as their new boss, and Van Gaal has confirmed to Sky Sports News that although they held talks he rejected it in order to concentrate on the Netherlands job. He does not rule out a possible move in the future.

Van Gaal said, “I want to work in the Premier League because that is the league I have not worked in yet. I want to coach here in the Premier League because I think Spain, Germany and England are the strongest competitions. That is an ambition and who knows.”

On Tottenham’s approach he added, “Everybody knows it so I can admit it. I don’t do things in a double function.

“You have to give an example to your players that they have to focus on the national team and that is my ambition also.

“I have refused (the Tottenham job) but maybe there will come another chance. That is the difficulty with coaching. When you are free, then maybe there are no vacancies.

“When you are working, then there are vacancies. It is always difficult. After the World Cup I shall retire or, if there is a Premier League club, I shall think about it.”

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