Earlier this summer, reports surged linking multi-time Champions League winner and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale to Major League Soccer giants Los Angeles Galaxy.
The timing of the speculation is perhaps no coincidence as Major League Soccer’s Secondary Transfer Window kicked off on 7 July, and as the rumors gathered momentum, it was only a matter of time until Greg Vanney addressed the situation.
So that's exactly what Vanney's done during a post-match press conference, and it's fair to say the coach did not hold back when asked whether believed the club had been in talks with Bale.
"I think it's an interesting rumor. To me, there's nothing to it," Vanney told media Tuesday. "Obviously, he's a good player, a fantastic player who has length. And I'm sure a player who probably has some interest in Los Angeles as a destination and a place to be but for us it doesn't fit the direction that we're going with the group.
"And while he would help the team I'm sure, it's just not the direction we're moving right now."
This isn't the first time rumors detail the possible arrival of the player to California. Comments began popping up in January, during the Primary Transfer Window, that Inter Miami and LA Galaxy stood ready to offer Bale an escape from Madrid.
Both ESPN and MLSsoccer.com reported on the situation before the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett shut down any further speculation by stating that it was “very unlikely” his client would leave Real Madrid.
Beyond confirmations from Vanney and Barnett, Bale would be unable to join LA Galaxy anyway due to fulfilled Designated Player positions. The California team does not have a spot open, with Jonathan dos Santos, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Kevin Cabral standing as the team’s three established DPs.
MLS' transfer window remains open until August 5th, where anything but the arrival of Bale can happen.