On Sunday, the 70-year-old told RTL television that the players "don't know it," and that he has had 25 rounds of radiotherapy, including during training camps with the Dutch team.
The players believe he is in good health, but he is not, according to the former Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Ajax coach, who began treatment last year after being diagnosed with cancer in 2020.
"It's a part of my life," he said in an interview to promote the upcoming release of LOUIS, a film about his life.
"I've been through so much in my life, sickness and death, that all of those experiences have probably made me a richer person."
Van Gaal tested positive for Covid last week, according to reports. He broke his hip when he fell off his bike in 2021.
Last month, Van Gaal, who is in his third term as head coach of the Dutch national team, sparked outrage when he called FIFA's decision to hold the World Cup in Qatar "ridiculous," accusing the organization of being motivated by "money and commercial interests."
In Friday's draw, the Netherlands were placed in Group A alongside hosts Qatar, Ecuador, and Senegal.
United, the club he led from 2014 to 2016, was among those wishing the Dutchman a speedy recovery.
"Everyone at Manchester United is rooting for Louis van Gaal, our former manager, in his fight against cancer. Louis, I'm sending you strength and courage "The English juggernauts sent out a tweet.
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