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Welsh football star Gareth Bale confirmed on Saturday that he will join Major League Soccer’s LAFC once his contract with Real Madrid ends.
With the news of his departure, Bale posted a message on social media saying he was heading to the United States to pursue his career.
“See you soon, Los Angeles,” he wrote on his accounts.
Details of the 12-month deal were still being finalized, according to The Associated Press. LAFC landed Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini earlier this month.
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Bale, a three-time La Liga champion at Real Madrid, has made just five regular-season appearances and two Champions League appearances in the 2021-22 campaign. He played briefly for Tottenham in the 2020-21 season. He has made several appearances in Premier League and FA Cup games.
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The 32-year-old first played for Tottenham before joining Real Madrid in 2013 for a record fee of $106.4million before being loaned to Hotspur. His current contract expires this summer.
Bale has scored 170 goals across all leagues during his career.
There are rumors that Bale would consider retiring if Wales didn’t qualify for the World Cup. But his national team miraculously won their first World Cup appearance since 1958. He will be able to train for football’s biggest event while competing for an MLS Cup with LAFC.
Both Bale and Chiellini will be eligible to make their LAFC debuts after the July 7 secondary transfer window.
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The club’s El Tráfico game against LA Galaxy is scheduled for July 8.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.