Fernando Torres Signs For Japanese Club Sagan Tosu

Former Chelsea, AC Milan and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has joined Japanese A-League side Sagan Tosu on a free transfer.

His move was confirmed by the player on Tuesday morning.

Torres, 34, moves to Japan after his Atletico Madrid contract expired at the end of last season.

His last appearance for the Spanish La Liga giants was in the UEFA Europa League (UEL) final match against French side Olympique Marseille.

He was a 90th minute substitute as he helped his boyhood club to the UEL title.

The ex-Spanish international striker rejoined Atletico Madrid from Italian Serie A side AC Milan in 2014.

The World Cup and European Championship winner had scored 126 goals in 314 matches in an eight-year spell in English football for both Liverpool and Chelsea before he joined Milan from the Blues in 2014.

While speaking about his decision to move to Japan, Torres said:.”I have had offers from France, Germany and even one from Spain but at no point did I ever think about going to another European team.”

“I wanted a new challenge in a completely different place.” He added.

Fernando Torres becomes the second high-profile Spanish player to move to Japan after Andres Iniesta joined Vissel Kobe earlier this summer.