Louis van Gaal shares a heartfelt moment and embraces young journalist

Holland manager Louis van Gaal HUGS a young journalist at his press conference after the reporter admitted he didn’t have a question for the legendary boss but instead wanted to tell him he was a ‘big fan’

  • Louis van Gaal embraced with a young reporter at a World Cup press conference
  • The journalist had told the Holland boss that he was a fan of Van Gaal
  • Van Gaal was surprised by the comment and promised to hug the journalist
  • After the conference the Dutch boss sought out the reporter and hugged him 
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Louis van Gaal shared a heartfelt moment with a young journalist following a press conference at the World Cup.

Speaking ahead of his side’s second Group A fixture against Senegal on Friday, the former Manchester United boss was told by a young reporter that he doesn’t have a question but just wanted to say that he is a big fan.

Van Gaal thanked the media member, telling him. ‘I don’t hear this a lot, this is very sweet. I want to give you a hug. Later on you and I will be hugging.’

Louis van Gaal embraced a young journalist who expressed his admiration for the Holland coach at a press conference

True to his word, after the press conference had finished the 71-year-old sought out the young reporter, and embraced him in front of his colleagues.

Van Gaal was also asked by press in attendance whether his side plans to replicate Germany’s apparent pre-match protest against Japan, given that they too have been prevented from wearing the OneLove armband.

The Dutch coach replied indicating that the protest would not be replicated. 

‘No. We put an end to the political issues after we already invited the migrant workers,’ referring to a kickabout the team shared with workers after arriving at the tournament.

Van Gaal also indicated that his team will not replicate Germany’s pre-match protest over free speech

The Holland boss explained that a kickabout shared with migrant workers on their arrival in Qatar ‘put an end to the political issues’ as far as his team are concerned 

The Champions League-winning manager’s side got off to an excellent start in the first World Cup fixture since finishing third place in 2014.

Goals from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen gave the Oranje a 2-0 win over Senegal to go top of their group.

After taking on Ecuador, Van Gaal’s team will play their final group fixture against hosts Qatar on Tuesday at 3pm. 

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