Bale makes MLS bow
Gareth Bale insists he has not joined Los Angeles FC to “wind down” after making his debut for the MLS outfit.
Bale, who turned 33 two days ago, opted to move Stateside after his Real Madrid contract expired at the end of last season.
The five-time Champions League-winning forward came on in the 72nd minute of his new club’s 2-1 victory at Nashville SC and impressed with some neat touches.
Bale said: “I haven’t come here just to wind down. I want to try and contribute as much as I can to this team, try to win games and trophies and just do as much as I can.
“I’m excited to get my debut out of the way and hopefully I can just keep building my fitness and helping the team.”
Vieira bemoans Eagles absentees
Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira says having nine of his senior players absent from their pre-season tour is proving problematic.
Wilfried Zaha, Marc Guehi, Eberechi Eze and Christian Benteke are among those who have not been able to join the Eagles’ stint in Singapore and Australia.
The 46-year-old has refused to expand on individual reasons with coronavirus vaccination status and fitness concerns thought to be among the issues.
Zlatan extends Milan stay
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed another one-year extension with Serie A champions AC Milan.
The veteran Swede, who turns 41 in October, is facing several months on the sidelines having undergone a procedure on his left knee in May.
However, the Rossoneri confirmed that Ibrahimovic would be staying put despite those troubles.
A club statement read: “AC Milan is pleased to announce the renewal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract until June 30, 2023. The Swedish forward will continue to wear the No11 shirt.”