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Major League Soccer, A-League await Fernando Torres' decision on Tuesday

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Noah Ferguson | 12 July, 2018, 12:46

Torres made his debut with Atletico Madrid in Spain in 2001 before playing seven seasons in England until 2014.

A World Cup and European championship victor with Spain, Torres made his final appearance for Atletico as a late substitute in Madrid's Europa League final win over Marseille.

Former Spain striker Fernando Torres has agreed to join Sagan Tosu, the J. League club said Tuesday.

The Euros and World Cup victor will again wear the No.9 shirt during his new adventure and will be looking to add to his excellent career goals tally.

More frustration followed but Atletico brought Torres home in 2015, the 34-year-old adding another Europa League crown in his final campaign with the Rojiblancos.

After a spell with Italian giants AC Milan, Torres returned to Atletico, where he was able to recapture some of his past glory―even if the goals didn't return.

His contract expired at the end of the 2017-18 season and he will continue his career in Asia, following in the footsteps of Barcelona legend Iniesta.

Torres's decision to join Sagan comes after fellow Spaniard Andres Iniesta signed with Vissel Kobe before the World Cup.

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. 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 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".

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