Fernando Torres joins Sagan Tosu in Japanese top flight

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Fernando Torres has announced Japanese outfit Sagan Tosu as his next club.

The ex-Spain global left Atletico Madrid for the second time in his career at the end of his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano last month.

The 34-year-old has announced via his official Twitter account that he is joining Japanese first division side Sagan Tosu, who are now 17 in the division.

Former AC Milan midfielder Honda is the only free agent left but he appears long odds of playing in the A-League.


The club posted a photo of Torres with club president Minoru Takehara waving a banner which read: "Not fake news!"

With the national team, Torres won two European titles and a World Cup, while he also added two UEFA Europa League titles and a UEFA Champions League at club level.

Iniesta's move arguably represented Japanese soccer's biggest transfer coup, with many top players now moving to cash-rich Chinese clubs in the twilight of their careers.

With his time at boyhood club Atletico coming to an end last month, Torres had been linked with destinations including the Chicago Fire in MLS and Australian A-League club Sydney FC, but opted for Japan's J-League.


He scored 126 goals in 314 matches in an eight-year spell in English football including four years with Liverpool when he scored 81 times in only 142 games.

"We had offers from every continent - from France, Germany and even Spain", Torres said at a media event at a gym he owns in Madrid.

"I wanted a new challenge in a completely different place".

Dong-geon will vacate the No.9 shirt and move up to No.19, thus allowing Torres to take the former.


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