Gareth Bale has agreed to join Major League Soccer side Los Angeles FC on an initial one-year deal when his contract with Real Madrid expires.

The PA news agency said Saturday afternoon it understood the Wales captain had agreed to the move to the USA.

Late on Saturday night Bale posted a video of him wearing an LAFC shirt and baseball cap to his Twitter account, writing: "See you soon, Los Angeles."

 

The five-time Champions League winner is soon to be a free agent and is looking for a new club ahead of playing for Wales at November's World Cup in Qatar, where Wales and the USA are in the same group.

Bale, 32, had been linked with a move to hometown club Cardiff City following the end of a nine-year stay at Real Madrid, but he now appears set to continue his career with a move to the United States.

While there has as yet been no official comment from LAFC, the MLS club had posted a cryptic message on Twitter appearing to tease an imminent announcement, writing “Any guesses?” to a GIF showing LAFC international mail.

Last week, Bale had excited Bluebirds fans by visiting the Sky Bet Championship club’s Vale of Glamorgan base on their first day of pre-season training.

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan was reported to have sold half the ownership stake he held in LAFC, for £55 million in March 2020, with a group within the club's owners set to buy out his remaining shares.

Basketball legend Magic Johnson and business guru Tony Robbins are among several owners listed on the club's website.

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Wales captain Bale had fuelled speculation he might prefer being closer to home following comments that the standard of football he played before the World Cup should not prove a decisive factor in any move.

The current MLS season started in February and runs through to the final round of regular season games on October 9.

The top seven teams from the Eastern and Western confrences will qualify for the MLS Cup play-offs which culminate with the cup final on November 5. LAFC are currently top of the Western Conference.

Wales meet the USA on the opening day of the World Cup on November 21.

It is understood Bale – reportedly having earned around £600,000 per week at Real Madrid – had several options on the table, with former club Tottenham and big-spending Newcastle also suggested as potential destinations.

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Speaking while on recent international duty with Wales, Bale said: “I don’t really know if the standard makes too much of a difference. A football game is a football game.

“I feel like I’ll never really lose my quality on the ball. I guess it’s a conversation to be had.

“I need time to think what’s the best move for me, my family, my kids, and hopefully we’ll sort that over the summer. I have options.”

Bale’s move to the MLS is expected to also include the option of an 18-month contract extension, and would see him join former Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini as part of the LAFC squad.

Bale and Chiellini should complete their moves to the MLS when the competition’s ‘Secondary Transfer Window’ opens on July 7, so would be cleared to make a debut against the LA Galaxy.

The longer term contract could be a clue that Bale is also considering the Euro 2024 Championship.

LAFC have been approached for further comment by PA on Saturday.

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