Gareth Bale has said he is "extremely excited" by his move to the United States after Los Angeles FC confirmed his signing on a 12-month contract with options through to 2024.
Bale, whose contract at Real Madrid expires in the next few days, announced his move to the Major League Soccer side in a video posted on social media on Saturday.
The Wales captain had been linked with a move to hometown club Cardiff ahead of the World Cup in November.
But Bale chose to head to California instead and said: "I am extremely excited for this move to LAFC.
"This is the right place for me and my family and the right time in my career and I cannot wait to get started working with the team and getting ready to win more trophies in Los Angeles."
It had been reported that Bale might retire after the World Cup in Qatar, but LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington said on Sunday that both parties were hoping to form a "long-term partnership".
That Bale, who turns 33 next month, could extend his career into 2024 would appear to be good news for Wales before their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign starts in March.
The 106-times capped Bale quashed international retirement rumours last summer by saying he would represent Wales for as long as he played football.
Thorrington said: "Gareth is one of the most dynamic and exciting attacking players of his generation.
"Adding a player who brings the talent and experience at the highest levels that Gareth does is an incredible opportunity to continue to improve our club."
Cardiff owner Vincent Tan claimed earlier that Bale could make the move to the Welsh capital next summer.
Tan had said "His contract is for 12 months, let's see what happens.
"Maybe Gareth, by then, will probably want to come back and come home and serve his country, serve Cardiff, his hometown.
"He has never played in Cardiff, he and his family are fans of the club."
Australian Associated Press
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