Gareth Bale says 'life seems a bit better' at LAFC and he's 'getting back to enjoying football' after being left in the wilderness at Real Madrid - as coach Steve Cherundolo vows not to rush him into playing 90 minutes for his new team

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Gareth Bale says 'life seems a bit better' at LAFC and he's 'getting back to enjoying football' after being left in the wilderness at Real Madrid - as coach Steve Cherundolo vows not to rush him into playing 90 minutes for his new team

  • Gareth Bale joined Los Angles Football Club in June from Real Madrid
  • Bale's contract is 12 months long with an option to extent to 18 months
  • Head coach Steve Cherundolo taking his getting Bale up to fitness
  • Bale looking to be in shape for Wales and the 2022 Qatar World Cup campaign

It's been a little over a month since Gareth Bale sealed his shocking move from Real Madrid to Major League Soccer's LAFC. 

Bale signed a 12-month contract with an option for a further 18 months beyond that and, shockingly, will not take up one of LAFC's three Designated Player spots.

'I think any player will tell you if they have a smile on their face, they enjoy football more, you play better, a bit more enthusiastically, and life seems a little bit better,' Bale said. 'I want to get back to enjoy my football, and I feel like I am on the road to do that and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead.' 

Gareth Bale signed for LAFC in March after making 250 career appearances for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale signed for LAFC in March after making 250 career appearances for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale signed for LAFC in March after making 250 career appearances for Real Madrid

Head coach Steve Cherundolo (left) with other major signing Giorgio Chiellini (right)

Head coach Steve Cherundolo (left) with other major signing Giorgio Chiellini (right)

Since he's joined LAFC Bale has appeared in three games, all of which were sub appearances. 

'He's probably around a 45-minute range,' coach Steve Cherundolo said. 

'Yeah, you can fast track it or you can be careful about it and, you know looking back over the past couple years I think we're better off being sure what we're doing and we're communicating every day and making sure that he feels good. 

'And now we're adding to what he already has, and so I think it's a healthy progression.'

Bale celebrates while wearing captains armband for Wales

Bale action during the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification

Bale has made over 100 senior international appearances, scoring 39 goals.

Bale will likely be looking to get up to full fitness as quickly as possible in order to be ready for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.

The Welsh international has made over 100 senior international appearances, scoring 39 goals. 

Bale has also worn the captains armband for his country on many occasions and looks likely to play a major role in the team again if he can regain his fitness in time.

Bale celebrates goal while playing with Tottenham Hotspur

Bale poses next to Champions League Trophy during post game celebrations

Bale has enjoyed large amounts of success throughout his professional career in  Europe

During his time in Europe Bale has played major roles for two of the sports most well known clubs and enjoyed different levels of success at  both.

Bale has enjoyed two spells at Tottenham Hotspur appearing in over 230 games and Bale helped lead Tottenham to obtain the club's most recent trophy, a League Cup title during the 2007/2008 season.

After moving to Madrid Bale would go on to enjoy the life of a serial winner, helping Real obtain more than 15 trophies during his time in Santiago Bernabeu, before repeated injuries and several coaching changes left him out of the lineup for good.

Bale European Club Stats

Bale celebrates his third UEFA Champions League Title with Real Madrid

Bale celebrates his third UEFA Champions League Title with Real Madrid

 Southampton 

45 appearances

5 goals

12 assist 

 Tottenham

237 appearances

72 goals

60 assist 

Real Madrid 

256 appearances

156 goals

66 assist 

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LAFC currently sit atop MLS in both the Western Conference standings, as well as the race for the supporters shield with 48 points and record of 15-4-3.

How much Bale will end up aiding the title chase remains to be seen but for now the Welshman has been enjoying his time in Los Angeles.

'It's hard to pinpoint but a happy environment, the fans are so welcoming. Even in the away stadiums, they are not so bad, I guess,' Bale said with a smile. 

'It's just a family, friendly environment and it's what football should be, the place where you bring your kids. It's not hostile, and it just seems like a great environment in the MLS.' 

LAFC also recently signed legendary Italian centerback Giorgio Chiellini from Juventus and have been taking their time adding him to the lineup as well.

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