AP Source: Gareth Bale Signs With MLS Leaders Los Angeles FC

Los Angeles FC has reached a cope with Welsh forward Gareth Bale

to move to Major League Soccer after his departure from Real Madrid,

a person close to the deal told The Associated Press.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles FC has reached a deal with Welsh forward Gareth Bale

to move to Major League Soccer after his departure from Real Madrid,

a person close to the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity

because the details of the 12-month deal are still being finalized between Bale and MLS-leading LAFC,

which also added Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini to its roster this month.

The 32-year-old Bale is moving stateside after spending most of the past nine years with Madrid.

His contract expires this summer, making him a free agent after his up-and-down

tenure with the current Champions League winners finally ends.

Bale essentially confirmed the move with a tweet Saturday, writing,

“See you soon, Los Angeles," alongside a video of himself in an LAFC jersey and hat.

Bale is among the most dynamic attacking players of his generation when healthy and on a top team.

He scored 106 goals in 258 appearances for Madrid,

which won five Champions League titles and three La Liga crowns during his tenure.

But Bale has played sparingly and occasionally ineffectively for Madrid in recent years.

He made only seven appearances for the European champions this past season while struggling with several injuries.