Gareth Bale has been told the three Premier League clubs he should have signed for

Gareth Bale has been told he should have opted for a return to the Premier League rather than an ‘easy life’ playing in MLS with Los Angeles FC.

The Welsh star has signed an initial 12-month contract with LAFC, with the option of extending his stay until 2024.

After his contract with Real Madrid expired, he joins Juventus legend Giorgio Chiellini in moving to LA on a free transfer and could make his derby debut against LA Galaxy on July 8.

There were strong ties with the club from Cardiff, his hometown, but Bale, 32, finally decided to move across the Atlantic ahead of the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

But former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore is disappointed he didn’t choose a side like Crystal Palace, Brentford or Brighton and didn’t get the chance to play a second time in the English top flight.

Writing for the Mirror, Collymore wrote: « I’m sure he sat down and thought, ‘Listen, go play Cardiff against a bunch of Championship opponents who all want a piece of me or Brentford where they risk losing more games than they win, LA seems like a good compromise.

« But I can’t help but think that a player who has won what he has won could have at least looked to Crystal Palace, Brentford or Brighton and said to himself, ‘I still have something to give. and I want to show the Premier League what it is.

« It wasn’t even necessarily the Premier League, he could have gone to Marseille or Borussia Dortmund.

“But it will be a cameo in LA now to keep running and like some of the decisions he made, like the China one that fell through, play as high as he can as consistently as he can. it may now seem anathema to Bale. He could have done it at a higher level and maybe should have, but maybe he just wants to enjoy the easy life of LA a little more, taking advantage of their abundant and sunny golf courses. »

Bale, who is said to have taken a huge £27.5m pay cut, will not fill one of the Designated Player spots and so a spot will remain open for LAFC, who top the Supporters’ table. Shield.

Bizarrely, due to a bizarre decision, LAFC have to pay David Beckham’s Inter Miami £40,000 to remove him from their ‘discovery list’.

MLS rules state that clubs can include up to seven players they are interested in signing who are not yet under MLS contract on their own « discovery list ». Bale was on Inter’s list so the payment has to be made.

At Real, Bale won five Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles, scoring 106 goals after joining the club in 2013 from Spurs in a then-record deal.


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