Torres Joins Japanese Club From Spanish Outfit, Atlético
Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, Fernando Torres has finnally departed Atlético Madrid and signed for Japanese outfit, Sagan Tosu on an 18-month deal.
Details of the move were not disclosed but 34-year-old Torres has been confirmed to wear the number 9 shirt for his new club.
Torres returned to the Wanda Metropolitano club from Chelsea in 2015 and then had an eventful period in his second spell with the club where he reached the Champions League final in 2016.
Sagan is based on the western Japanese island of Kyushu and currently sit second from bottom of the J-League top flight.
The club posted a photo of Torres with club president, Minoru Takehara waving a banner which read: “Not fake news!.”
Embarrassed J-League officials were forced to issue an apology in May after jumping the gun on Sagan’s acquisition of the player in a post that was quickly deleted.
Iniesta’s move arguably represented Japanese football’s biggest transfer coup, with many top players now moving to cash-rich Chinese clubs in the twilight of their careers.
Torres, who brilliantly won the World Cup and European championship titles with Spain, made his final appearance for Atletico as a late substitute in Madrid’s Europa League final win over Marseille.
El Nino, as he is fondly called, also scored 126 goals in 314 matches in an eight-year spell in England, his best years coming at Liverpool where he netted 81 times in 142 games for the Anfield club.
“We had offers from every continent — from France, Germany and even Spain,” Torres said at a media event in Madrid.
“But at no point did I think about moving to another European team. I wanted a new challenge in a completely different place.”
Club president, Takehara also added: “It is an honour to welcome the Spanish prodigy to Tosu. With hard work and continued effort, we are trying to turn a little Asian team into a world player. It will be fun for the Japanese fans to see Torres turn out.”