Tottenham icon and Welsh hero Gareth Bale has given up the chance to stay in the UK to play football in 2022/23 as he is finalizing a move to MLS.
Bale left Tottenham for Real Madrid in 2013 but returned last season on loan and contributed 16 goals and three assists in 34 appearances for Spurs, despite a few injuries and limited Premier League starts in the first half of the season under then-head coach José Mourinho. Once his second stint in N17 was completed, he returned to the Spanish capital for the 2021/22 season under Carlo Ancelotti where, like Chelsea legend Eden Hazard, was limited to very few minutes in their respective successes.
The 32-year-old played a total of 280 minutes in La Liga last season, according to FBref.com, while he recorded just nine minutes in the Champions League. Coming out of the Santiago Bernabeu, questions about retirement arose. But due to his country Wales being selected for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, he decided the show had to go on for at least one more season with a move across the Atlantic now on the cards. cards.
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According to MLS reporter Tom Bogart who reported this first exclusive, top table Los Angeles FC are currently finalizing a deal to sign the winger who can now try to replicate what Wayne Rooney did in MLS. during his briefing. stint. For Spurs, they have always been underdogs in the race to try to bring their club icon back for a third stint. football.london understood that while Tottenham chief football officer Fabio Paratici is a huge Bale fan, that move was still unlikely to materialize this summer with Antonio Conte’s priorities elsewhere.
The likes of Richarlison are targeted in attacking areas as Paratici is believed to be working hard on a fourth transfer addition which doesn’t look imminent anytime soon amid Djed Spence’s latest update. The other main option that was on the table for the Wales No.11 was a move closer to home in the form of Cardiff City. Our sister headline Wales Online reported that the former Southampton academy graduate was recently spotted at the training ground for a face-to-face talk with Bluebirds manager Steve Morison.
However, they don’t appear to have been enough as Bale won’t arrive at the Cardiff City Stadium this summer after Championship regulars confirmed the signing of Andy Rinomhota from Reading on Friday.
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