Gareth Bale has admitted that he is interested in a move to MLS, speaking highly of the rapidly-expanding American league.
The 30-year-old has spent seven years at Real Madrid since making the switch from England in 2013 and, although his current contract runs until 2022, Bale has revealed that he would be open to making a move to America in the future.
Speaking to The Hat Trick podcast, he said: “I would definitely be interested in [MLS]. I really like the league; it's grown so much over the years. I think it's a league that's on the up and still rising. I think a lot more players want to come over to America now and play.”
Bale has had a difficult season at Real Madrid, managing just 14 appearances thanks to numerous injury problems. The Welshman has also been booed by his own fans, with his relationship with the a section of the club's supporters breaking down.
He has previously played in the US with Real, travelling to Chicago for the 2017 MLS All-Star game which Los Blancos won on penalties. Bale – who scored in that shootout – added: “When we come over and play them in pre-season, the games are difficult, the standard is getting a lot better.
“The clubs are improving, the facilities are improving, the stadiums are improving.”
Real Madrid have played numerous fixtures in the US over the years, having gone to play there for the last four seasons. Los Blancos are frequent visitors to America for their pre-season preparations, facing Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Arsenal in their last trip.
Bale joined Real Madrid in September 2013, for a then-world record fee of £85m from Tottenham. The 30-year-old has scored 105 goals in 249 appearances for the Spanish giants, winning 13 trophies in a matter of seven years in Madrid.
Although the Welsh star has enjoyed a trophy-laden career full of success at the Bernabeu, his time in the Spanish capital has been hampered by injury. Bale has had more than 20 injury problems at Los Blancos, missing well over 80 games in his time on the sidelines.
Real Madrid sit second in La Liga, just two points off league leaders and bitter rivals Barcelona. Zinedine Zidane’s side are aiming for their 34th Spanish league title, which would take them eight clear of their Catalan rivals.