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Wales forward Gareth Bale has joined Los Angeles FC on a 12-month contract, with options through to 2024, after his departure from La Liga champions Real Madrid.


The 32-year-old, who signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then-record transfer fee of £84m, will join as a free agent.

“I am extremely excited for this move to LAFC,” Bale said in a statement on LAFC’s website.


“This is the right place for me and my family and the right time in my career, and I can’t wait to get started working with the team and getting ready to win more trophies in Los Angeles.”


Bale enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with Real, winning three LaLiga titles, five Champions League crowns, three Club World Cups and the Spanish Cup, although his time at the club was marred by injuries.


In Los Angeles, he will join Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini who signed for LAFC this month after his departure from Juventus.

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