Gareth Bale set to play for LAFC after spending time with Real Madrid, Tottenham: ‘See you soon Los Angeles’


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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.

Wales’ Gareth Bale takes a shot during a World Cup 2022 Qualifying soccer match between Wales and Austria at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Britain on March 24, 2022.
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

“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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Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the Champions League Group G match between Real Madrid and Viktoria Plzen at Doosan Arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic, on November 7, 2018.

Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Champions League Group G match between Real Madrid and Viktoria Plzen at Doosan Arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic, on November 7, 2018.
(AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

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.

Wales' Gareth Bale, right, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal in a World Cup 2022 Qualifying football match between Wales and Ukraine at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, June 5, 2022.

Wales’ Gareth Bale, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal in a World Cup 2022 Qualifying football match between Wales and Ukraine at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, June 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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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.




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