The 65-year-old, who has been out of work since being sacked by United last May, told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser in the early hours of Wednesday morning that he had rejected an offer to coach struggling Spanish club Valencia last month. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf said on Monday Van Gaal had decided to call time on his coaching career, with the sudden death of his son-in-law influencing his decision. "I've not retired," he told Cadena Ser.
Real Madrid are closing in on the signing of Swedish teenage forward Alexander Isak from AIK, Spanish media reported on Tuesday. Madrid daily Marca said the 17-year-old was set to join the European champions for about 10 million euros ($10.6 million). Isak is widely regarded as the most promising Swedish player since Ibrahimovic.
By Mark Gleeson LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Cameroon have not asked FIFA to stop defender Joel Matip playing for Liverpool during the African Nations Cup but they have not given the Premier League club the green light to field the player either, Cameroonian officials said on Wednesday. The Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) has made no official comment on the issue, while Liverpool are consulting their lawyers before deciding whether to play him.