Gareth Bale: A chance for silverware and golf courses – no wonder he snubbed Cardiff for LA

It felt like the perfect move. Gareth Bale, born and raised in Cardiff, joins the city’s football club in a dream comeback as he prepares to lead the Welsh national team to their first World Cup in 64 years.

There was a real feeling last week that, remarkably, this was a very possible deal.

Bale held talks with Cardiff boss Steve Morison as the Championship club shared a training ground with the FAW, where he was undergoing physiotherapy work with national team medical staff. The 32-year-old has reached a point in his career where money isn’t important so wages wouldn’t have been an issue.

Wales captain Gareth Bale held talks with Cardiff as he weighs his next move

But of course, the Bluebirds weren’t the only club interested in signing him. Jonathan Barnett, Bale’s agent, said Athleticism that ‘four or five serious offers’ had been made for the striker, who left Real Madrid as a free agent after nine years in the Spanish capital.

Ultimately, it would come down to personal choice and Bale decided his next destination would be MLS side LAFC – on a one-year deal with a potential 18-month extension.

It would be remiss to say that Bale has closed the door to his hometown for good as there’s still a chance he could end up in Cardiff later down the line.

The offer to return to the Welsh capital will likely still be on the table for as long as he continues to play, Bluebirds chairman Mehmet Dalman has said. WalesOnline that Bale would be ‘always welcome’ at the club. The chance to play in Los Angeles, however, may not come again.

Chiellini will now be linked with Gareth Bale, who has signed a 12-month contract with LAFC

The 32-year-old has finally decided to join LAFC on a one-year contract with a possible extension

Football-wise, Bale joins a team that tops the MLS Western Conference halfway through the campaign. Former United States international Steve Cherundolo is building an impressive reputation in his first season as a manager, while former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela, 33, continues to score in his fifth year at the club .

Midfielder Jose Cifuentes was a Manchester City target a few years ago, while 22-year-old Brian Rodriguez is considered one of MLS’s hottest prospects and already has 17 caps for Uruguay.

LAFC had already made headlines with a big summer signing before Bale’s arrival, with Euro 2020 winner Giorgio Chiellini coming from Juventus. In short, it is a club that does not lack ambition. It’s not a retirement home.

‘I want to win. This team wants to win,’ said club co-chairman and chief executive John Thorrington. ESPN on Sunday. ‘So [MLS Cup] is our absolute ambition, to win everything we are vying for, qualify for the Champions League and really become an increasingly important part of the global conversation.

Euro 2020 winner Giorgio Chiellini was another big headline for LAFC this summer

Euro 2020 winner Giorgio Chiellini was another big headline for LAFC this summer

Vela (middle) told Bale to expect a league

Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela, 33, is in his fifth season at LAFC and is still scoring goals

Wherever Bale goes this summer, it will always be with the World Cup in mind. After making just seven appearances for Real Madrid last season, he has made no secret of his desire to play regular football in the build-up to the tournament in Qatar.

He’ll get that at LAFC, while also not likely to burn out in the winter. Cherundolo has plenty of attacking talent at his disposal with Vela, Rodriguez and Cristian Arango, so he doesn’t need to rely too much on Bale.

The MLS season also fits perfectly into the striker’s preparation. The regular campaign ends on October 9 and is followed by the play-offs and the MLS Cup final on November 5.

Wales’ opener in Qatar is fittingly against the United States on November 21. If all goes according to plan, Bale will arrive at the tournament in top condition and potentially with some silverware under his belt.

Then, of course, there’s the lure of the LA lifestyle. Anyone would hardly need to think about it if they had the choice between Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica Beach or Chippy Lane, the Taff River and Barry Island.

Bale is in desperate need of regular minutes after playing just seven games for Real Madrid last season

Bale is in desperate need of regular minutes after playing just seven games for Real Madrid last season

Wherever he goes this summer, it will always be with Wales and the World Cup in mind.

Whoever Bale signed for would always be with Wales and the World Cup in mind

Bale is a modern football icon, but his star pales in comparison to some of the entertainment personalities who reside in Los Angeles. That in itself will be of great appeal to the Welshman, who is known to enjoy a quiet lifestyle away from the limelight.

Steven Gerrard, who spent a year at LA Galaxy at the end of his career, said it was “refreshing” to be a little-known name in the city.

“I think it’s been noticeable for all my family, and certainly for me, since I came out of Liverpool and took a step back,” Gerrard said. Mr. DOORMAN. “I feel lighter, like I have more time. I’m a better dad, better person, and better friend just because I live my life with a little less pressure.

“The refreshing and peaceful side here is that no one knows who I am. I can walk down the street, go to a coffee shop, go out to dinner, take the girls to Disneyland or the movies, and 99% of the time people don’t know who I am. It’s a nice change.

Let’s not forget Bale’s passion for golf either. The west coast city is home to 19 courses and some of the best in the United States, including The Riviera and Los Angeles Country Club. Morning practice then 18 holes in a beautiful and iconic venue that has hosted major championships? Doesn’t sound too bad.

Bale has expressed his love for Los Angeles in the past and has spoken enthusiastically about MLS as well.

The LA lifestyle will have been attractive and Bale will be able to live quietly in the city

The LA lifestyle will have been attractive and Bale will be able to live quietly in the city

Golf fanatic Bale will play at The Riviera, which has hosted major championships

“I really like the league,” Bale told the Hat Trick Podcast in 2020. “He has grown so much over the years. When we come and play now in pre-season, the games are tough.

“The level is much better. All the clubs are improving, the facilities are improving, the stadiums are improving.

“It is a league that is up and continues to increase, and I think that many more players want to come to America now to play. It would certainly interest me. I love going to Los Angeles on vacation. ‘

Maybe her decision to move to the United States wasn’t so difficult after all.

Michael C. Ford