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Big in Japan - Fernando Torres signs for Sagan Tosu

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Cary Erickson | 12 July, 2018, 10:55

During an illustrious career in Europe, Torres entertained fans in Spain, England and Italy, enjoying most success with Atletico Madrid.

It is Sagan Tosu who have won the race for his signature, though, with the 34-year-old revealing the J1 League to be his next destination at a promotional event on Tuesday morning.

But the prolific marksman has rejected the opportunity to continue plying his trade on European soil and made a decision to cut his teeth in the Japan Professional Football League with relegation strugglers Sagan Tosu.

The move comes after Torres chose 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.

In fact, he is one of the most experienced Premier League strikers still playing today.

The Australian A-League are also thought to have shown interest in helping secure a deal with Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC both linked.

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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.

He announced that he is joining Sagan Tosu as a free agent after leaving Atletico Madrid last month.

He scored 126 goals in 314 matches in an eight-year spell in English football including four years with Liverpool when he scored 81 times in only 142 games.

"I've had offers from France, Germany, even some options from Spain, but at no time did it go through my head to go to a European team, I wanted a new challenge in a totally different place".

Dong-geon will vacate the No.9 shirt and move up to No.19, thus allowing Torres to take the former.