Louis van Gaal recalls the day a neighbour had to smuggle Tottenham’s Daniel Levy out of his house – but says Spurs ‘blew it’

Louis van Gaal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur
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Louis van Gaal was so close to becoming Tottenham manager in 2014, he had to smuggle Spurs chairman Daniel Levy out of his house to avoid detection by an awaiting press pack.

Speaking in the Season Preview issue of FourFourTwo magazine, out on Wednesday, August 26, the Dutch coach says he was ready to join the north London side, but they "blew the chance by waiting so long" to make an offer. 

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