Gareth Bale ‘agrees to join Los Angeles FC’ with Welshman set to follow Giorgio Chiellini to MLS side

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The 32-year-old is without a club after leaving Real Madrid at the end of the season when his contract expired, which initially sparked rumors that he would retire from football this summer if the Country of Wales did not qualify for the World Cup.

Bale will lead his team to Qatar at the end of the year, leaving him to find a new club, at least until the tournament in November.

Cardiff has been touted as a potential option, but The Athletic reports that Bale has made the decision to join LAFC, just weeks after it was announced that veteran Italian Giorgio Chellini was also joining the MLS side.

The move will see Bale arrive on an initial one-year loan deal, although it’s possible to extend it for a further 18 months.

One man who will be disappointed by the news is Football Association of Wales chief Noel Mooney, who earlier this month expressed his desire for Bale to stay a little closer to home ahead of the Champions League. world.

“We are here at Cardiff City Stadium, and the FAW are at Vale of Glamorgan, which is not that far away,” Mooney told Sky Sports.

“So logistically, and the FAW being selfish about it, if he came back to that area – or anywhere near it to be fair – we would be thrilled because we would see him more. The more we see Gareth, the better. It doesn’t have to be Cardiff City by the way, but if he returns to that part of the world we would be very happy.

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