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Torres follows Iniesta to Japan

10 July, 2018, 20:24 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Fernando Torres and Iniesta

Torres, 34, left boyhood club Atletico Madrid at the end of the season following the expiration of his contract and chose to depart Europe despite several offers to stay within the continent.

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.

The Japanese side appear to have gazumped the likes of the Australian A-League, with Torres reportedly lowering his wage demands in order to secure a transfer.

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

The move was also announced on Sagan Tosu's official website, with the club saying he would be given the No. 9 shirt, which he has worn for the majority of his career.

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Sagan Tosu has been in Japan's top flight J.League since 2012.

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. In 2017, they finished eighth in the division but are in a relegation battle halfway through the current campaign.

This comes just days after they failed in their attempt to convince former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to move to Australia.

Torres becomes the second high-profile Spaniard to head to Japan in the last few weeks after former Barcelona great Andres Iniesta agreed to join Vissel Kobe in May.

"Asia has always treated me very well".

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