Gareth Bale to join forces with Juventus legend after reaching agreement for next move

Gareth Bale grinning during Wales training

Gareth Bale is heading to the MLS after multiple outlets revealed he is set to sign for Los Angeles FC after his departure from Real Madrid.

Wales legend Bale is due to become a free agent at the end of the month. His time with Real Madrid, who once made him the most expensive footballer in history, has come to an end.

He is leaving the Spanish side having racked up 258 appearances in their colours. During that time, he scored 106 goals and won 16 trophies.

There has been much speculation about where his future may lie now. He returned to former club Tottenham Hotspur on loan for the 2020-21 season, for example.

But Bale has been dismissive of the need to continue at the very top level. He merely wants playing time ahead of the World Cup this winter.

It prompted links with a move to Cardiff City in the Championship. Instead, though, Bale will be playing in Major League Soccer next year.

MLSSoccer was the first source to break the news on Saturday that Bale is finalising a move to LAFC. Their scoop has since been backed up by the likes of The Athletic and Fabrizio Romano.

Bale will sign a 12-month contract in Los Angeles, committing his future to his new employers until June 2023. According to The Athletic, he could then extend his stay by another 18 months. However long it lasts, it will be his first experience of club football outside Europe.

The 32-year-old will not count as a Designated Player – relating to squad members who could exceed a club’s salary cap – which means LAFC will have one such slot still available.

The club also signed Juventus legend Giorgio Chiellini recently and their captain is former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela.

Bale will be a high-profile addition to their squad, who are currently top of the Western Conference after 15 games. The regular season is due to conclude on October 9th, before the MLS Cup final on November 5th.

A couple of weeks later, Bale will be leading Wales into their first World Cup since 1958.

Interesting next move for Gareth Bale

The opportunity to play in the MLS is an interesting one for Bale. His commitment to Madrid came into question at times.

But there is no doubting his talent, nor his desire to be in top condition ahead of the World Cup.

Away from the pressures of European football, Bale could get back to enjoying his game. Moving to LA will also be an attractive step.

Although the MLS is not as competitive, he will still be playing for a side in that league’s upper echelons. Therefore, he may have a point to prove – but could simply rediscover his rhythm.

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