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LAFC hopes to form ‘long-term partnership’ with new signing Gareth Bale

Los Angeles FC hopes for their signing of Gareth Bale will prove a “long-term partnership”.

Wales international Bale revealed on Saturday that he had agreed to join the major league soccer club following his release by Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old was looking for a new club to maintain his fitness ahead of the World Cup later this year.

Making LAFC’s first official comment on the deal, co-chairman John Thorrington did not discuss the length of Bale’s contract, but expressed confidence he would go beyond this winter’s tournament in Qatar. .

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Thorrington said: “I would love to go into detail but, as a politician, I don’t.

“What I can tell you is that LAFC and Gareth hope this is a long-term partnership and a milestone for Gareth and his family.

“It was never around six months just for the World Cup. We always talked about longer term than that. It was very clear from Gareth and his representative.

Bale is moving on after nine years with Real Madrid (John Walton/PA)

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“Obviously we expect him to be a top player for us and in this league, but we will do it in a reasonable way.

“When Gareth looks at what he needs to do, his priority will be at LAFC, we are absolutely sure of that, but we are not naive to the fact that he, like some of our other players, has a World Cup on the horizon. .”

Bale is due to arrive in Los Angeles within the next few weeks and has been slated for a potential debut against local rivals LA Galaxy early next month.

Thorrington, who is also the club’s chief executive, said: “We don’t have a specific date. Our window opens at the beginning of July and this will be the first time that we will be able to register it.

Bale was instrumental in Wales qualifying for the World Cup (David Davies/PA)

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“We still have to go through immigration papers and things like that, but hopefully within the 10-day week we can take care of that for him and his family, to welcome them to Los Angeles and in order. so that he starts to get in tune with the group and get in shape.

“The first game he would potentially be available for would be the game we have here on July 8.”

Bale is LAFC’s second high-profile signing this month following the capture of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini from Juventus.

He will arrive as a regular member of the squad, rather than a Designated Player outside the salary cap, and Thorrington has no doubts about the former Tottenham star’s motives.


I think what he saw at LAFC is a unique opportunity to make a real impact.

John Thorrington, Co-Chairman and CEO of LAFC

He said: “You don’t win five Champions League trophies, you’re not the most valuable player of recent times, if you don’t have that hunger.

“We’ve done our due diligence and I’m really excited about what this change of scenery will mean for Gareth and his ability to focus on the game.

“If Gareth made this decision with a financial motive, he wouldn’t be in MLS. I think what he saw at LAFC is a unique opportunity to make a real impact.

LAFC hopes to form ‘long-term partnership’ with new signing Gareth Bale

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