Ex-Spurs and Real Madrid winger Bale ‘agrees’ one-year contract with MLS side LAFC

Jason Soutar
Gareth Bale after a match

Gareth Bale will be playing his football in the United States of America next season after agreeing to join Los Angeles FC, according to reports.

Bale is available on a free transfer this summer following the expiry of his Real Madrid contract.

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The Wales captain helped Los Blancos win five Champions League titles during his time in the Spanish capital.

He was linked with a move to boyhood club Cardiff City, however, a move has failed to come to fruition.

According to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein, Bale has agreed a one-year contract with MLS side LAFC.

He follows Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini to Los Angeles after he agreed a deal following his exit from Juventus.

Ahead of Wales’ qualification to this winter’s World Cup, Bale was eager to find a club quickly and the report adds that he had ‘numerous clubs’ hoping to secure his services.

The 32-year-old’s one-year deal has the option to be extended by another 18 months.

Speaking earlier this month, Wales boss Rob Page insisted that it is important that Bale is given special treatment at his new club ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.

Page said: “I have said that to Aaron (Ramsey) and Gareth (about being managed), because clubs must be looking at it thinking, ‘How can they do that for their country?’

“Don’t get me wrong, I have been a club manager myself and it is hard.

“When you are trying to create that environment and you have got other world-class players around you.

“It is harder to do that at a club where you do have to have that blanket over the players and say, ‘This is how we are going to do things and train today’.

“No disrespect to our changing rooms, but we haven’t got 10 other Gareth Bales.

“That is going to be his difficulty, finding someone who will manage him like that. He has to take that responsibility himself. That will determine then whether he plays a lot of football.

“Because if he is not able to train like that through the week, the manager at his respective club might not want to select him at the weekend.

“For me it is a common sense approach, it is looking after him throughout the week to make sure he is available for selection for the weekend.”