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Iniesta's Vissel Kobe will meet Torres' Sagan Tosu in November

12 July, 2018, 10:55 | Author: Tommie Newton
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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.

"My new team will be Sagan Tosu in Japan", the 34-year-old said in Madrid.

Semi-interestingly, Sagan striker Cho Dong-geon will become the second player affected by the J.League's new "Iniesta Rule", wherein teams are allowed to change their squad numbers to accommodate a marquee signing.

"But at no point did I think about moving to another European team".

After announcing he would be leaving Atleti, Torres was linked with a whole host of different clubs, including the likes of Chicago Fire and Sydney FC.

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Both players might be fighting for different objectives, as Iniesta's new team are now in sixth place, while Torres' club are 17th out of 18.

The move was also announced on Sagan Tosu's official website, with the club saying he would be given the No. 9 shirt, which he has worn for the majority of his career.

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

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.

Sagan Tosu has been in Japan's top flight J.League since 2012. They finished eighth last season, but are mired in a relegation battle halfway through the current campaign. "The sensation that I can return the club to where they should be is another reason why I saw how much confidence they have in me", Torres added.

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