I left Real Madrid for this club to win trophies – Player declares

Gareth Bale Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has declared he left Real Madrid for MLS side LAFC to win trophies and not to retire.

Bale intends to keep playing for club and country for several more seasons, and he hopes to fill those years winning trophies with his new club in the United States.

“I’m up for everything here,” Bale said Monday.

“I still have many years to come. I haven’t come here to just be here for six months, 12 months. I’ve come here to try and be here for as long as possible.

“I want to do as well as I can. I want to try to make my mark on this league, on this team. I look forward to the future.”

“It’s not just a short-term thing,” Bale said.

“(LAFC) also gives me the best opportunity to go to the next Euros, maybe further. So my plan is to really work hard. … We’ve got a great plan going forward to get me up to speed, and hopefully it lasts as long as possible.”

While bigger clubs undoubtedly will come calling afterward, Bale insists he doesn’t intend to leave after the MLS season.

“I haven’t come here for the short term,” Bale said. “I want to make my mark on this league, and I think being here gives me the best possible chance to make it to the Euros, and you never know, maybe one more (World Cup). That’s my goal.”

“The standard here is really increasing,” Bale said of the MLS. “I think it’s a lot better than people in Europe really think.”

Gareth Bale left Real Madrid this summer after his contract with the Spanish and European champions expired.