Gareth Bale believes Los Angeles move gives him 'the best possible chance' of reaching Euro 2024

There's no hiding the fact that Gareth Bale has moved to the MLS to keep himself sharp for the upcoming World Cup, but the Welshman is also hoping it helps him reach the 2024 European Championship.

Despite plenty of noise around a move to Cardiff, Gareth Bale completed a move to MLS side Los Angeles FC this summer, as he prepares to lead Wales to the World Cup in Qatar in a few months time.

With the intention of the move being to keep Bale fit and sharp for Qatar, it's no secret that Bale is focusing the twilight of his career on international success, but it's not just the World Cup he's looking forward to.

The 32-year-old is also hoping his Los Angeles move can help him to stay fit for the 2024 Euros and beyond.

Bale said: "I haven't come here just to be here for six or 12 months, I've come here to try to be here as long as possible.

Gareth Bale moves to LAFC

"I want to try to leave my mark on this team, and being here gives me the best possible chance to make it to the Euros and maybe one more. I feel like I'm here to play a big part."

Bale had his first training session with his new LA team-mates on Monday, and could be in line to make his debut for the Western Conference leaders against Nashville next week.

"It was nice to get started because it's been a while and I was eager to get going," added Bale. "I need to get some training under my belt but the players were really welcoming.

"Hopefully I can help to improve the team and we'll see - our goal is to try to win a trophy and a Championship."

Bale's unveiling came on the same day Wayne Rooney reportedly agreed a deal to become the new coach of DC United, and the Welshman said he welcomed the influx of big names into the competition.

"It's great for the MLS and for the sport in the US," Bale said. "I think to get big names and more people watching is only going to do great things for the MLS, and it's great to be part of it."

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