Van Gaal has World Cup option
By Gerrit van Leeuwen & Jeffrey Glorie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Louis van Gaal has committed to AZ, although his deal includes a World Cup option.
Louis van Gaal has committed his future to AZ Alkmaar, although his deal includes an option that could see him coaching at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The experienced coach's deal had been due to expire at the end of next season, but he has now penned a two-year extension with the Eredivisie high-flyers.
Despite committing to AZ, van Gaal is desperate to coach at a World Cup. He managed Holland at Euro 2002, although he was not around for Japan and South Korea two years later.
However, not just any World Cup side can make a move for van Gaal's services. The release clause will only allow him to leave for some of Europe's finest, and that includes England.
"In 2009 I am permitted to be taken over by five top countries: England, Germany, Argentina, Spain and the Netherlands," he told AZtv.
"There is also another clause. That means that they can hire me for just the duration of the World Cup."
Van Gaal is keen to win football's greatest honour and he believes that Argentina would give him his best shot, although he has extensive knowledge of Spain having worked at Barcelona.
"My preference is to go to a top country, because then I've got the chance to win something," he continued.
"I would like to go to Argentina, because I think that they have a lot of talent and the mentality would suit me.
"I have worked in Spain and I know the most players there. That also would be a fantastic country."
Meanwhile, van Gaal hinted Haris Medunjanin, who is on loan with Sparta Rotterdam, could return to the squad next term after his deal was extended until 2009.
He could well be joined by Kemy Agustien, although Miel Mans, Beau Molenaar, Willy Overtoom and Tom Zoontjes' deals have not been extended.