Gareth Bale, who did not utter a single Spanish word during his nine-year stint with the Ligue giants Real Madrid, is suddenly recording video messages in the same language right after moving to Los Angeles FC. Bale who landed in Los Angeles a few hours ago and got a grand welcome, recorded a video message for the Spanish fans of his new club. And this clearly did not sit too well with the people in Spain.
The Welshman who has been repeatedly pointed out for his unwillingness to chat in Spanish while at Real Madrid further irked the media houses in Spain with his recent actions. Before touching down on West Coast yesterday, Bale recorded a video message in Spanish for LAFC’s Spanish-language Twitter account. “Hello Los Angeles,” Bale said. “32:52. I’m here in Los Angeles. See you at the game tonight,” he added.
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While Bale’s fans and Los Angeles fans enjoyed the Welshman’s new avatar, the Spanish press clearly did not like this. Spanish publication Marca, who has been a constant critic of the 32-year-old, wrote, “It has taken nine years to hear Gareth Bale speak Spanish well. The British player’s message is addressed to the large Latino community residing in the state of California, especially in the city where the world of Hollywood resides.”
“Now Bale will be able to improve his Spanish with the Spanish-speaking community that resides in the locker room, led by Carlos Vela.
Notably, Gareth Bale played for Real Madrid for almost nine years but was relatively quiet than he looked on his first night in Los Angeles. The former Real Madrid and Tottenham forward said it feels like home to the Welshman in Los Angeles. “What an incredible reception I had when I came in,” Gareth Bale told ESPN.
“The best prep is to play games,” Bale said. “I want to come here. I want to play games and make my stamp and do as best I can to try and help LAFC win a trophy. And I can help with the youngsters because it’s a very young team here, give them advice, seeing what I do in terms of professional standard and try to help them.
“The league is a growing league. It was an exciting opportunity I felt was right for me and my family. It’s very new but it’s something that’s really glamorous. It’s just a very attractive club.”