Louis van Gaal has sensationally suggested how he used to have “suspicions” of players being gay that he managed during his career.

The former Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Netherlands manager has made some astonishing claims in an interview with Dutch LGBT newspaper 'Gaykrant’.

The 68-year-old retired a year ago, having been replaced at Old Trafford by Jose Mourinho as recently as 2016.

Van Gaal felt sexuality remained a very taboo subject inside dressing rooms that he coached, even in the modern game.

And the Dutchman also said he would never advise a player to come out.

Lous van Gaal struggled during his two seasons as Manchester United boss
Lous van Gaal used ask players "if they had a girlfriend"

In his interview about homosexuality in football, Van Goal said: “I did often think that players were gay. I have had my suspicions with certain players.

“But if a player does not want to admit it, it is better that I don’t make his life harder.

“I won’t say at which club it was, but I worked with players who I thought were gay.

But van Gaal has said that players need to 'be incredible brave to come out'
But van Gaal has said that players need to 'be incredible brave to come out'

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“I want to protect those players. The majority of them are married to women and have kids. I can’t do that to them by revealing it.

“I used to ask (players) if they had a girlfriend. Only later I decided to ask if they have a partner.”

Van Goal then went on to generalise about how the type of footballer had links with their sexuality.

Louis van Gaal coached some of European football’s biggest clubs in his iconic 25-year managerial career, including Manchester United

He continued: “I noticed in my career that it's the more creative players who are gay.

“And those kinds of players are more valuable in football.

“In other words, they are loved because of their football skills. You do understand what I mean, don’t you?

“I could be wrong here in all this, but not very often I am wrong in my life.”