Real Madrid star Gareth Bale says he’s interested in the idea of playing Major League Soccer, speaking on a new podcast hosted by the International Champions Cup.
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Bale turns 31 this summer and has a contract that runs through the 2021-22 season. He’s so far resisted any moves that would lower his monster salary, so he’s probably envisioning the summer of 2022 at the earliest.
He has three goals and two assists in 18 matches this season, but bagged 14 goals with seven assists the previous campaign. From The London Evening Standard:
“I think it’s grown so much over the years. 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.
“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. I would definitely be interested in it.”
Bale has been linked to a wild amount of destinations in the past 24-36 months, as his relationship with Zinedine Zidane has been one of a roller-coaster variety. Most recently, that’s been Everton, former club Tottenham, and the Chinese Super League.
He makes nearly $17 million per year, more than double the league-high salary Zlatan Ibrahimovic made last season. MLS is growing in a big way, but Bale would have to take a massive pay cut to enjoy California, Miami, or wherever.