Louis van Gaal has said he came "very close" to becoming Tottenham boss before taking over at Manchester United. Van Gaal will start his tenure as United's manager following Holland's involvement at the World Cup, though the 62-year-old nearly became the Spurs No1 following discussions with Daniel Levy, the chairman, during the winter.

Van Gaal said: "I came very close. Very close. As a little boy I was a fan of Tottenham Hotspur with the team of Jimmy Greaves when he was the champion. Jimmy Greaves was my idol. So I was very close. I was a fan of Spurs during my childhood. Those fantastic white shirts and Jimmy Greaves."

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