Gareth Bale says Los Angeles already feels like home. Wales captain Gareth Bale said “it felt like home straight away” after joining Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer.
After nine years in Spain, the former Real Madrid and Tottenham forward, 32, has signed as a free agent with a 2024 season extension option.
Following his Friday arrival in California, Bale saw his new team play host to rival city team Los Angeles Galaxy in his first experience with the “El Trafico” derby.
“What an incredible reception I had when I came in,” Bale said.
Bale left Real at the end of the previous season after his contract with them expired. Additionally, Bale is eager to begin playing for his new club after aiding Wales in qualifying for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958.
“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, see 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.”
Bale watched the derby from the stands as his new team prevailed 3-2.
The league’s top team, LAFC, will travel to Nashville and Kansas City over the next two weeks before facing Seattle at home on July 29.