Transfer: How Van Gaal advised me against joining Man United – Gakpo
PSV winger, Cody Gakpo has revealed that Netherlands national team handler, Louis van Gaal warned him against joining Manchester United this summer.
Gakpo was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford early in the window as Erik ten Hag searched for options.
Manchester United, in the end, decided to sign £82m Antony from Ajax instead of Gakpo, who was valued at around £40 million by PSV.
The winger said he was seriously considering the move to Old Trafford until his national team coach, who was sacked at Manchester United, advised such an option could threaten his chances of playing in the World Cup in Qatar.
Gakpo is not the only player who has been warned against joining Manchester United by Van Gaal, the same story came from Ajax defender, Jurrien Timber, who was also linked to Old Trafford throughout the summer.
Timber, who has since signed a new deal with Ajax, was also warned off a transfer to Old Trafford by Van Gaal on account that he may not be part of his team to the World Cup.
“I spoke to other clubs, Premier League clubs which could be a good step, but there are more factors to consider, like the World Cup,” the Dutch international said, according to Metro.
“I spoke to the national team coach [Van Gaal] and asked for his advice. His advice was clear, that I should follow my feelings, but that a transfer in a World Cup year is such a transition, going from club to club. It’s not ideal for a player, and I agreed with him.
“At the start of the window, United registered their interest but not very strongly, so I was waiting for a bit, and then the end was approaching, and the signals became more positive. I started thinking it could fall that way eventually.
“The interest faded last week, so the whole window I worked towards that and then it faded. So, then, I was watching last week thinking, ‘what is the right thing to do?’.