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Will Ferrell helped LAFC land Gareth Bale from Real Madrid

Hollywood movie star Will Ferrell sent a personal message to Gareth Bale telling him to join LAFC, the club's co-president John Thorrington has confirmed.

Ferrell is part of LAFC's star-studded ownership group.

"I can't remember exactly what stage in the conversation it was but he did receive a personal message from Will Ferrell," Thorrington said.

"We have an amazing group of owners, who are very committed to delivering on these lofty ambitions."

Thorrington added: "I will tell you the absolute, honest truth, until I saw a signature I never believed it would happen.

"But everything trended positively throughout and it was a fairly linear process. It was sort of step by step. He had some questions and we would bring in that expert to talk about it - whether that would be our strength and conditioning staff, whether it was bringing an owner into the conversation.

"We just had probably five, six conversations, and I think each got us a step closer to the deal. We were a totally different opportunity and I was not surprised to hear there was competition in Europe.

"But I think what helped is Gareth's knowledge of LA, getting to know what the club offered, which was unique relative to the other options, and we were grateful that the stars aligned, and we're able to do."

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