Wales captain Gareth Bale confirms MLS move to Los Angeles FC

17 Jul 2022 | 08:08 | Football

Gareth Bale confirms move to Los Angeles FC© AFP

Captain of Wales Gareth Bale confirmed Major League Soccer’s move to Los Angeles FC on Saturday following his departure from Spanish giants Real Madrid. Bale confirmed his plans to join LAFC in a Twitter post following widespread reports earlier Saturday about the move. “See you soon, Los Angeles,” the 32-year-old wrote. An accompanying video shows Bale wearing a LAFC shirt and cap.

Earlier, the Los Angeles Times reported that Bale would be eligible to play for LAFC from July 1.

ESPN reports Bale will fly to Los Angeles next weekend to sign a contract that runs until the end of this season, with the option of a one-year extension.

Bale was once the most expensive player in the world and spent the last 8 seasons with Real Madrid, winning 3 domestic titles and 5 Champions League titles.

The Welshman has scored 139 league goals during his club career with 39 goals in 106 appearances for Wales.

Bale played a key role in helping Wales qualify for this year’s World Cup, where they will face the United States, England and Iran in the group stage in Qatar.

It marked the first time Wales had qualified for the tournament since the 1958 final round.

Bale’s signing comes as LAFC strives to build a strong start to the MLS season.

The California club leads the Western Conference rankings with 30 points after 15 games.

Bale will be the second high-profile international signing the club has acquired in recent weeks. Former Juventus and Italy player Giorgio Chiellini joined the club earlier this month.

News of Bale’s decision to go to Major League Soccer comes just days after reports in the UK said he was in talks with Cardiff over a possible move.

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His former clubs Tottenham and Newcastle are also considered possible destinations.

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