Los Angeles Football Club is proud to announce that they have signed one of soccer’s most prolific players, Gareth Bale.
The club officially announced the signing of Bale, who joined them on a 12-month contract with the option to extend.
Los Angeles Football Club have confirmed that Bale’s salary will be no higher than $1.3 million annually, despite earning an initial annual salary of $34 million with Real Madrid.
“Gareth is one of the most dynamic and exciting players of his generation,” said LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington. “Adding a player who brings his talent and experience at the highest levels is an incredible opportunity to improve our Club.”
“I am grateful to Gareth’s management team who helped make this happen,” he added. “It is clear that 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 was thrilled to have signed a player of Bale’s quality. He expressed how excited he is for the player’s arrival.
“Bringing a player and a person of Gareth’s caliber to LAFC is a historic moment for Los Angeles, MLS, and the game in the United States,” said Berg. “On behalf of the entire LAFC community, I am honored to welcome Gareth, his wife Emma, and their children to LA, and I am confident they will fall in love with our incredible city.”
After the Real Madrid contract, Bale was poised to return home and join Cardiff City in the second league. However, the move seemed like a downgrade for someone at Bale’s level.
He opted for the MLS instead.
“I am extremely excited for this move to LAFC,” said Bale. “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.”
The club is continuing its overseas expansion, as it signs Gareth Bale to a contract. The Welshman will join Giorgio Chiellini in Los Angeles for the upcoming season.
In the 2016-2017 season, Welshman Bale faced off against his future teammate in the Champions League final.
The duo are set to make their debut against LA Galaxy after the Secondary Transfer Windows open on July 7.
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