Sky pundit surprised by transfer call from Aston Villa & Newcastle target
Darren Ambrose has claimed Gareth Bale’s call to join Los Angeles in MLS “came out of nowhere”, as he told Sky Sports News.
With Bale’s contract with Real Madrid coming to an end this month, several clubs, including Aston Villa and Newcastle United, were apparently targeting the 32-year-old.
While Bale has been out of form over the years, it was the reputation he built up that saw Europe-hunting Villa and Newcastle knocking on his door.
Adding to the interest from the Premier League, Cardiff City, the Welsh captain’s hometown club, were also keen to bring him home, only for him to break their hearts and head to America.
Former Newcastle midfielder Ambrose says he was surprised by Bale’s transfer call as he embarks on a new chapter in his trophy-laden career.
“He said he would surprise everyone,” Ambrose said. “And he did, it really came out of nowhere in Los Angeles.
“Gareth’s main goal, as we all know, will be the World Cup with Wales. The MLS season ends in October unless they make the play-offs, which he hopes do as it will continue into November and a few weeks before the start of the World Cup.
“I think it’s a great signing for MLS and Gareth himself to go and play in Los Angeles.”
BALE EDGE CLOSER TO RETIREMENT
The five-time European Cup winner didn’t move to MLS to fulfill a lifelong dream, but to confirm that he is on the final path of his career.
Would he have hung up his boots if Wales had not qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar? Maybe so.
Either way, if he commits to the 12-month deal he signed with Los Angeles, it will bring him closer to the next Euros.
Euro 2024 will be held in Germany, and Bale will play a part in Wales trying to qualify, it’s just a case, does he stay for the final stage and help them get there.
If he does, then he’ll probably hang up his boots, if not, he’ll probably be retired long before that.
In other news, £138k-a-week Newcastle player discussed signing will now join West Ham