GARETH BALE claims he is ‘extremely excited’ to join Los Angeles FC as the MLS club confirmed their huge signing by posting a dazzling montage of his finest moments.
The Wales captain, 32, agreed a 12-month deal with an option to stay another year following his free transfer from Real Madrid.
Gareth Bale says it’s the ‘right time’ to make such a move to the MLS
LAFC co-president John Thorrington hailed the former Tottenham wideman as ‘one of the most dynamic and exciting players of his generation’.
“I am extremely excited for this move to LAFC.
“This is the right place for me and my family and the right time in my career.”
Speculation Bale might retire was killed off early in June when Wales beat Ukraine to qualify for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.
But after being such a fringe role at Real for the past few seasons, some question if he is still a top-class club player.
That match-turning, two-goal cameo was possibly Bale’s last special contribution for Real.
But Thorrington believes luring the 105-cap ace is an incredible coup for LAFC – and denied there had been a ‘financial conversation’ over wages in talks to tie up the move.
He said: “Adding a player who brings his talent and experience at the highest levels is an incredible opportunity to improve our club.
“I am grateful to Gareth’s management team who helped make this happen.
“It is clear that Gareth is highly motivated to continue to win trophies and we are elated that he has made the choice to join LAFC and help lead us in our ultimate goal of winning championships.”
LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo said: “There are simply not many players in the world who can have an impact on a match like Gareth Bale.
“He can be dangerous in so many different ways, and we expect him to complement what we believe is already a strong team from the moment he arrives.
“His knowledge of the game and experience in playing in big games will be invaluable.”
Gareth Bale will pack in a season for LAFC before playing in the World CupCredit: AP
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