Torres says joining Japan's Sagan Tosu

Heather Diaz
July 12, 2018

English Premier League veteran striker Peter Crouch is being targeted by Football Federation Australia as a marquee for the A-League after the organisation was knocked back by Spanish forward Fernando Torres.

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.

The move comes after Torres made a decision to join J-League strugglers Sagan Tosu instead of coming Down Under, with Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory keen to sign the former Atletico Madrid hitman. Numerous reports indicate that Torres has signed an 18-month contract with options beyond that. They were one of the first clubs to show interest in me, and I appreciate their insistence and how they convinced me with their sporting, personal and cultural project.

"I hope to make my debut, at home, on July 21, then to be there for many years".

Townsend said he and deputy A-League chief Tracey Scott had offered to fly for a face-to-face meeting with Torres, which was turned down because he was on a family holiday in the Caribbean.

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"I wanted something completely different, a change".

Torres is following in the footsteps of his World Cup and European Championship-winning team-mate Andres Iniesta, who recently joined Japanese side Vissel Kobe after leaving Barcelona.

Sagan Tosu president Minoru Takehara was present at the announcement, posing with Torres as he held the No. 9 shirt he he will wear next season.

Across two spells with Atletico, along with his successful stint in England with Liverpool and Chelsea plus a brief loan in Italy AC Milan, Torres has scored 256 goals at club level.

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