Gareth Bale hailed as a generational player ahead of MLS move to Los Angeles FC

New Los Angeles FC signing Gareth Bale revealed he is “extremely excited” ahead of his move to the United States.

The Welsh skipper signed a 12-month deal and will join the MLS club once his contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the month. 

Bale was linked with a move to hometown Championship club Cardiff City as he sets his sights on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

However, instead of a shock move to the English second tier, the five-time Champions League winner has opted for a spell in California.

Upon signing with the Western Conference leaders, Bale said: "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 and I cannot wait to get started working with the team and getting ready to win more trophies in Los Angeles."

Recent reports suggested Bale was considering retirement after the World Cup, however his deal with LAFC does include an extension to 2024.

What's more, the club's co-president and general manager John Thorrington has also poured cold water on those suggestions after revealing his hopes of a "long-term partnership".

He added: "Gareth is one of the most dynamic and exciting attacking players of his generation.

"Adding a player who brings the talent and experience at the highest levels that Gareth does is an incredible opportunity to continue to improve our club.

"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 lead managing owner Larry Berg added: "Bringing a player and a person of Gareth's calibre to LAFC is a historic moment for Los Angeles, MLS and the game in the United States."

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