London, Mar 20: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he will retire from football when his contract with the club ends. The 63-year-old, who is contracted to United until 2017 after joining the club last summer, wants to spend more time with his family.
Van Gaal took over United last summer following the sacking of David Moyes, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson after the great retired in 2013 following 26 successful stint with the club. The Dutchman has coached some of Europe's biggest clubs, including Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax, in his career.
Van Gaal told The Telegraph, "I am old. This is my last job. For sure.
"I have to pay attention to my kids, my grandchildren but also to my wife. They deserve it. Now I cannot pay that attention. I was not at the birthday of my grandson, for example. I don't like it."
"I have a paradise in Portugal. I want to quit to go there, play golf, eat fantastic food," he added
Van Gaal and his United team had to bear a rocky start in England and he said the team is still developing. He said, "We have to qualify for the Champions League and we have many tests next year. That also develops the level of your team, and, of course, how many players can come in to improve our selection."
Manchester United lie fourth in the Premier League standings and face fifth-placed Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.