Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Fernando Torres joins Sagan Tosu in Japanese top flight

Fernando Torres joins Sagan Tosu in Japanese top flight

Former Liverpool and Chelsea star Fernando Torres has completed a move to Japanese side Sagan Tosu, joining former Barcelona man Andres Iniesta in the J1 League.

The former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid striker left the Spanish club at the end of the 2017-18 season, following his emotional return to his boyhood team.

Torres scored 10 goals in his final season at Atletico, including netting twice against Eibar in his final ever La Liga appearance .

Torres' capture will be a huge boost for a Sagan Tosu side now struggling in the J1 League, as they sit second-from-bottom in the 18-team competition and having netted just 14 goals in 15 matches.

According to reports, Torres also had offers to sign for Australian side Sydney FC and Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire.

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"Sagan Tosu were one of the first clubs to be interested in me, they have convinced me with the project".

"I think that Japan and the Japanese league is going to be a great experience".

But the 34-year old elected to choose Sagan, in a decision that might not come as too much of a surprise considering the J-League's official website accidentally leaked the transfer on their official website.

The World Cup victor had been linked with moves to the A-League and MLS but - like Iniesta at Vissel Kobe - the next stage of his career will be in Japan.

For Spain, Torres further won two UEFA European Championships in 2008 and 2012 respectively, while he also won the World Cup in 2010 across his 110 caps, which saw him net 38 goals.

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