This week we saw a second Spanish World Cup winner this summer move to the J League in Japan. Earlier in the summer, Andres Iniesta joined Vissel Kobe and now Fernando Torres as joined Sagan Tosu in the J League.
The former Spanish international joins Sagan Tosu after his contract with Spanish side Atletico Madrid expired last month.
The player said on his move “I have had offers from every continent. My new team will be Sagan Tosu of Japan. 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.”
The clubs who he had offers from in Europe are unclear but it is rumoured that Australian side Sydney FC and Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire were interested. He chose to move to the J League, however, signing an 18-month contract that will take him to the end of the 2019-20 season in Japan.
The Japanese side announced the move yesterday on the club website confirming that Torres would wear the number 9 shirt.
It is expected he should be a huge hit in Japan also as during the 2012 Club World Cup in Japan he was greeted with what was close to worship by the fans in the country.
Sagan Tosu will make their return to J League action next Wednesday after breaking for the World Cup. Torres could then make his debut in this game away against Shonan Bellmare.
The Spaniard will not be given time to settle however as his new side sit second bottom and two points adrift in the relegation spot. His new coach Italian Massimo Ficcadenti will then be hoping his goals can help push the side up the J League table.