Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will not break his promise to retire in 2017, even if he is offered a huge contract by a wealthy Qatari club.
Van Gaal has been a big hit with United fans since he was appointed manager last summer.
The Dutchman has restored an air of grandeur at the club since his arrival and after a successful first year in charge, United are now back in the Champions League.
Van Gaal is enjoying his time in Manchester, but the 63-year-old has promised his wife Truus that this will be his last job in management and he intends to stick to his word.
“I will give it up in 2017,” the United manager said.
“I promised that to my wife. We have not many years together any more. That is the reason.
“I have to admit I have said to her, when I met her and after our relationship seemed to be very good, that at 55 I shall quit. I am still working and next week I am 64.”
There is another reason why Van Gaal is adamant he will walk away from the game that has consumed his life for the last 43 years.
After experiencing success with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax, the Dutchman feels he has tested himself in the most challenging leagues in the world.
Not even huge riches could persuade him to seek another contract at Old Trafford or elsewhere.
“I have done everything in my career as a manager. I have been in the Netherlands, my home country, in Spain, which is a fantastic league, and Germany is also a fantastic league,” Van Gaal said.
“I participated in the World Cup and the European Championship too.
“The only wish was the Premier League. Now I am here.
“Do I have to go to Qatar to earn still more money? I don’t think so.
“You have to enjoy also your life and your relationship with your wife.”
The only box Van Gaal is yet to tick on his to-do list is to win the Premier League.
“I want to do that in my three years at the club,” Van Gaal said. “The long-term vision is to win the championship or an FA Cup or a Champions League.”
One man who knows a thing or two about winning such competitions is Sir Alex Ferguson.
United’s most successful manager has been giving Van Gaal advice on their US tour. Van Gaal insists he has no problem with Ferguson being around.
“We eat together. He is sitting in the board, so he has to judge on me. But there is nobody in this world who can push me more than myself.”