Wales captain Gareth Bale is set to join Los Angeles FC after leaving Real Madrid, reports in Britain and the United States said on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Times, citing a Major League Soccer source with knowledge of the deal, said the 32-year-old star would be eligible to play for LAFC from July 1. The Times said confirmation of Bale’s signing would be announced ‘within days’. .”
ESPN meanwhile reported that Bale will fly to Los Angeles at the end of next week to sign a deal that runs until the end of this season, with an option for an additional year.
Bale was once the world’s most expensive player and has spent the past eight seasons with Real Madrid, winning three domestic leagues and five Champions League titles.
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The Welshman has scored 139 goals in his club career with 39 goals in 106 internationals for Wales.
Bale played a pivotal role in helping Wales qualify for this year’s World Cup, where they will face the United States, England and Iran in the first round in Qatar.
It is the first time Wales have qualified for the tournament since the 1958 final.
Bale’s signing comes as LAFC tries to build on a strong start to the MLS season.
The California club leads the Western Conference standings with 30 points in 15 games.
Bale will be the second top international signing the club have made in recent weeks. Former Juventus and Italy international Giorgio Chiellini joined the club earlier this month.
News of Bale’s decision to head to Major League Soccer comes just days after reports in Britain indicated he was in talks with Cardiff over a possible move.
His former club Tottenham and Newcastle have also been mooted as possible destinations.