Rangers-linked superstar Gareth Bale is heading for MLS and LAFC, according to a report, after his controversial spell at Real Madrid ended.
The Welshman, who was linked to Rangers more because of Scotland’s golf courses than any real footballing reason, is the latest mega name to head to the US, with the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kaka and Bastian Schweinsteiger among the names to have played in MLS.
According to US reporter Tom Bogert, a deal has been done for Bale to join LAFC on a 12-month contract, likely with this winter’s World Cup a big focus for the Wales international.
The 32-year-old left the Bernabéu after nine seasons in Spain and despite a rocky spell in Madrid left an emotional goodbye on his official social media accounts earlier this month, having racked up 106 goals and 67 assists in 258 appearances with Madrid.
His spell as a Galactico saw Bale win the aforementioned five Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, three La Liga titles and three Spanish Cups but it saw him fall out of favour with suggestions he’d rather play golf than play for Madrid – something Bale did little to diminish.
While a move to Ibrox was never likely, Bale’s potential signing had Rangers fans dreaming of the five-time Champions League winner in blue.
However, the Wales star will now prepare for the World Cup – where he is due to face the United States – as his country takes part in the finals for the first time in over 50 years.
Gareth Bale joins World Cup-winning Italy star at MLS side LAFC
Bale isn’t the only big name to join LAFC recently with Italian legend Giorgio Chiellini having recently signed for the MLS side after leaving Juventus.
With the MLS season midway through, LAFC are top of the Supporters’ Shield table with 30 points after 15 games, with both Bale and Chiellini set to debut on July 8 once the MLS transfer window opens.
That would see both debut in ‘El Trafico’ as LAFC and city rivals LA Galaxy go head-to-head.