Real Madrid virtuoso to move to MLS

By Piyush

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Wales captain Gareth Bale has concurred to join MLS side Los Angeles FC on a free transfer.

Bale, 32, is presently a free agent having quit Real Madrid after 9 years in Spain.

The 5-time Champions League winner had been linked with a return to Tottenham Hotspur as well as a move to home-city club Cardiff FC.

LAFC have yet to officially vouch the deal, however Bale tweeted, “See you soon, Los Angeles”.

The signing of Bale, who united with Real Madrid for a then world-record fee of £85m in 2013, is all set to follow LAFC’s move for Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini earlier this month.

There was speculation that Bale would conclude his playing career had Wales missed out on qualification for the 2022 World Cup.

However, after Wales sealed their place in Qatar by defeating Ukraine in their World Cup play-off final earlier this month, the only doubt about Bale’s future was which club he would step into.

There had been proposals Bale would choose to join Cardiff, with his agents vouching earlier this week that they had conducted talks with the Championship club.

Cardiff share a training ground with the Football Association of Wales, which would have permitted Bale to continue working closely with Wales’ medical and fitness staff while on club duty.

Nevertheless, he is instead moving for the MLS, where the season runs from February until October and the tournament’s secondary transfer window opens on 7th of July.

LAFC are currently top of the MLS’ Western Conference and have 19 regular-season matches to play.

The end-of-season play-offs follow, with the season-ending MLS Cup final to be played on 5th of November – 16 days ahead of Wales’ World Cup campaign starts with a match versus the USA.

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