Gareth Bale has agreed to join Major League Soccer side Los Angeles FC on a one-year deal.
The forward, a free agent after leaving Real Madrid this summer, had other offers but has chosen to move to California and the MLS.
He later confirmed the move on his social media pages, saying:
See you soon, Los Angeles.
It was accompanied by a video of Bale in a LAFC hat – something that was teased on the club’s channels the previous evening as they posted their own video of the hat being sent in a box to Bale.
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) June 25, 2022
— LAFC (@LAFC) June 25, 2022
In eight seasons with Real Madrid, Bale was part of five Champions League-winning sides and won LaLiga on three occasions.
He scored 97 goals between LaLiga (80) and the Champions League (17), which came after a £85million move from Tottenham in 2013.
However, his final campaign at the club was disrupted by injury and he featured in just seven Madrid games, starting four of them.
He was initially a key member of the team, scoring in their Champions League and Copa del Rey final wins in his first season and forming a formidable front three alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
Bale scored twice in the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool, including a spectacular overhead kick, but by that time his injury problems had become more frequent and his relationship with then-manager Zinedine Zidane had begun to suffer.
In 2019, Bale was on the verge of joining Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, but the move broke down in the final stages after his agent Jonathan Barnett said Madrid changed their mind.
He was whistled by fans at the Bernabeu after he had been pictured with a banner that read: Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that Order” while celebrating with international teammates in November 2019.
Bale spent the 2020-21 season back on loan at Tottenham, scoring 11 goals in the Premier League, before returning to take a limited role back at Madrid under returning coach Carlo Ancelotti, who left him on the bench during last month’s Champions League final in Paris.
Bale is set to represent Wales at the World Cup in November, which will open the tournament against the United States on Nov. 21.
After already bringing in the legendary Chiellini on a TAM deal, LAFC now add the champions league-winning Welsh star to a team that already had legitimate MLS Cup hopes.
Bale would be eligible to play for LAFC when the MLS transfer window opens July 7, meaning he could first feature against rival Los Angeles Galaxy at home the following day.