- Bale said he has transferred to Los Angles FC.
- He will play for LAFC from July 1.
- He played a crucial role in qualifying Wales for the World Cup.
Gareth Bale, captain of Wales, confirmed his transfer to the Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer on Saturday, following his departure from Real Madrid.
Bale declared his intention to join LAFC via Twitter after widespread reports surfaced earlier on Saturday.
The 32-year-old wrote, “See you soon, Los Angeles.” Bale was depicted in an accompanying video sporting an LAFC shirt and cap.
The American news agency previously reported that Bale will be eligible to play for LAFC on July 1.
The international sports agency said that Bale will travel to Los Angeles at the end of the following week to sign a one-year contract with an option for a second year.
Bale was previously the most expensive player in the world and has spent the last eight seasons at Real Madrid, where he has won three domestic crowns and five Champions League trophies.
The Welshman has scored 139 league goals for his club and 39 international goals in 106 appearances.
Bale was instrumental in Wales’ qualification for this year’s World Cup, where they will face the United States, England, and Iran in Qatar.
It is the first time since 1958 that Wales has qualified for the tournament.
The signing of Bale coincides with LAFC’s efforts to build on a successful start to the MLS season.
With 30 points from 15 games, the California club leads the Western Conference standings.
Bale will be the club’s second high-profile overseas acquisition in recent weeks. Giorgio Chiellini, a former Juventus player and Italy international, joined the team earlier this month.
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The announcement of Bale’s decision to join Major League Soccer comes just days after it was reported that he was in negotiations with Cardiff regarding a possible transfer.
Tottenham and Newcastle were also mentioned as potential destinations.