Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy have confirmed the signature of experienced midfielder Steven Gerrard from Premier League side Liverpool.
The 34 year-old recently announced his decision to depart Anfield at the end of the season, claiming that he’ll be continuing his playing career in a team that would not be direct rivals of the Reds.
Upon making that statement, speculation intensified over a potential switch to the MLS; something that has been officially confirmed by LA Galaxy now.
He has reportedly signed an 18 month contract that is worth around £4m a year, and comes in as a marquee replacement for Landon Donovan, who retired from football recently.
“We were aggressive in our pursuit of Steven and look forward to his contributions on and off the field,” LA Galaxy president Chris Klein told the BBC.
As far as Gerrard is concerned, he is looking forward to a brand new chapter in his glittering career as a footballer, and his arrival is already being celebrated actively by a plethora of individuals, including USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and LA Lakers star, Kobe Bryant.
“I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States,” Gerrard enthused.
“The Galaxy are the most successful club in MLS history and I’m looking forward to competing for more championships in the years to come.
“One of the reasons I chose them was because of the success they’ve had recently. I want to add some medals and trophies to my collection.”
Congrats to the @LAGalaxy for signing Steven Gerrard !! Fantastic to see a player of his quality joining MLS !!
— J_Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) January 7, 2015