Wales captain Gareth Bale is focusing on Euro 2024 – and possibly the 2026 World Cup – after declaring he has joined Los Angeles FC for the long run.
The 32-year-old ahead joined LAFC on a free switch from Real Madrid, with an choice to stay for the 2024 season.
Bale dismissed the notion he has solely signed in an effort to be match for the World Cup later this yr.
“Being right here offers me the very best likelihood to make it to the Euros and, you by no means know, possibly yet another,” he mentioned.
“I nonetheless have a few years to return. I have not come right here simply to be right here for six or 12 months. I’ve come right here to attempt to be right here so long as doable.
“I need to do in addition to I can, make my mark on this league and this crew, and I’m wanting ahead to the longer term. It’s not only a brief factor.
“It offers me the most effective alternative to maintain going to the subsequent Euros, possibly additional.”
Bale was talking at his first information convention as an LAFC participant at the membership’s Banc of California Stadium on Monday, having arrived within the United States final Friday.
Hours after touchdown in California, Bale watched from the stands as LAFC beat metropolis rivals LA Galaxy 3-2 earlier than being launched to the gang after the sport.
The former Tottenham ahead described the welcome as “unbelievable” and, having joined his new team-mates for a primary coaching session this week, he’s now wanting ahead to creating his debut for the high-flying Major League Soccer facet.
Bale’s feedback may also be a supply of nice aid and pleasure for Wales followers, who’re wanting ahead to their nation’s first look at a World Cup since 1958 in Qatar later this yr.
There had been hypothesis Bale would retire if Wales didn’t qualify however, in addition to stating his long-term dedication to LAFC, Bale appeared to trace at a need to play at the 2026 World Cup.
“I have not come right here for the brief time period,” he mentioned.
“I believe being right here offers me the very best likelihood to make it to the Euros and, you by no means know, possibly yet another.
“That’s my objective. I’m right here to play an enormous half and I’m actually wanting ahead to getting began.
“I’ve watched the MLS for a very long time. The time distinction makes it tough however I all the time tried to look at it on TV.
“The normal right here is basically rising and it is quite a bit higher than individuals in Europe assume. The league is bettering, the stadiums are bettering, the groups are bettering so it is a league that is actually on the rise.
“This membership is new but it surely feels prefer it’s been right here perpetually. I’m wanting ahead to being part of it.”