Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has had his future discussed for the last couple of years, but the Welshman has now intimated that he would be in favour of a move to the MLS in the United States.
A transfer to China fell through last summer, yet everything points towards Bale finally departing the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
“I like it. It’s a league on the rise and continues to grow,” Bale said on The Hat Trick podcast with Charles Stillitano, Executive Chairman of the International Champions Cup.
“Many players want to come to the MLS right now, it is definitely something that would interest me.
“I love going to LA on vacation. I play a lot of golf when I’m there.”
During the season, Bale sparked outrage from some sections of Real Madrid’s supporters by celebrating with a flag that said ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order’ on it, but the 30-year-old explained the back story to it.
“I saw the flag a few weeks before, there were photos online,” Bale stated.
“And they said that if we qualified, they would take it out to celebrate with it.
“We all celebrated as a team, but I didn’t take it.
“People can see it as they like, but I celebrated that my country had qualified and I laughed about it.”
Bale’s goal to secure the Copa del Rey trophy against Barcelona was a moment in which he showed what he could offer to Los Blancos, and it is a match he remembers fondly.
“That first victory gave us confidence for what came next,” he commented.
“I remember that Cristiano [Ronaldo] was injured and I played up front with [Karim] Benzema.
“I tried to enjoy the game; it was a special match against Barcelona.”
Then, in Real Madrid’s most recent Champions League final triumph against Liverpool, Bale scored two goals en route to the trophy, one of which will go down in folklore.
“I remember the ball coming, reacting to it, seeing the ball fall into the net, there is silence in the stadium… It’s a great memory, I didn’t have much time to think about it,” Bale explained.
“Marcelo knew that if he put the ball in the box, we would try to get on the end of it; we all celebrated the goal.”