Bale receives warm welcome from LAFC fans


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– Wales captain Gareth Bale said “it felt like home straight away” after joining Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer.

– The 32-year-old former Real Madrid and Tottenham forward has signed as a free agent after nine years in Spain, with an option to stay for the 2024 season.

– Bale arrived in California on Friday and hours later saw his new club host city rivals Los Angeles Galaxy in his first taste of the ‘El Trafico’ derby.

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– “What an incredible reception I had when I came in,” Bale told ESPN.

– Bale moved to LA after his contract with Real ended at the end of last season. And having helped Wales qualify for a first appearance at a World Cup finals since 1958 Bale is keen to get started at his new club.

– “The best prep is to play games,” he said.

– “I want to come here. I want to play games and make my stamp and do as best I can to try and help LAFC win a trophy.

– “And I can help with the youngsters because it’s a very young team here, give them advice, seeing what I do in terms of professional standard and try to help them.

– “The league is a growing league. It was an exciting opportunity I felt was right for me and my family.

– “It’s very new but it’s something that’s really glamorous. It’s just a very attractive club.”

– With Bale watching from the stands, his new team won the derby 3-2.

– LAFC, the overall MLS leader, visit Nashville and Kansas City over the next two weeks before next playing at home on July 29 against Seattle.

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