Manchester United's latest managerial incumbent gave an interview to Dutch TV. He says he's been texting Chelsea boss.
Upon official confirmation from Manchester United that Louis van Gaal was the latest manager at Old Trafford, he received a swift congratulatory text message from future Premier League rival Jose Mourinho, whom he mentored whilst the pair were at Barcelona together but, even though the Portuguese has two Champions League trophies as well as seven domestic league titles, the Chelsea boss said he was jealous of van Gaal.
Mourinho's well wishes, though, were only sent as a reply as it was van Gaal who instigated the dialogue: On RTL Late Night, van Gaal said: "Mourinho was the first one I texted and he was the first one to text me back. He said he was jealous of my list of clubs."
Mourinho can brag an illustrious resume himself, having won a brace of Primeira Liga titles with FC Porto, together with a UEFA Cup and European Cup, before five major domestic winners' medals at Chelsea, four at Internazionale and two at Real Madrid.
Van Gaal's career has also seen him travel around Europe, enjoying successes at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
While Jose joked that the club he was most jealous of van Gaal having on his CV was "the great AZ!" is he perhaps most envious that van Gaal - with his background, silverware-laden history and proven tactical nous - will emulate that at a club he perhaps would have wanted to have joined had the position been available a year or so ago?
While Ryan Giggs will serve as van Gaal's assistant manager, the 62-year-old also brings with him two other coaches: Frans Hoek, who is Netherlands goalkeeping coach, and Marcel Bout, an assistant coach, who specialises in scouting opponents.