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Soccer: Torres agrees to join J-League side Sagan Tosu

This file photo taken on Aug. 1, 2015, shows Fernando Torres playing for Atletico Madrid in a friendly match against J-League first-division team Sagan Tosu at Best Amenity Stadium in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Former Spain striker Fernando Torres has agreed to join J-League first-division side Sagan Tosu, the club said Tuesday.

The team announced that the 34-year-old, who had stints in the English Premier League with Liverpool and Chelsea, will wear the No. 9 jersey for Tosu, currently 17th in the 18-team J-League standings. He will hold a press conference in Tokyo upon arriving in Japan on Sunday.

"Happy to join my new club. See you soon, Sagan Tosu!," Torres said on his Twitter account, with a photo of him posing with Tosu President Minoru Takehara.

Torres, who made his national team debut in 2003, was a member of Spain's first and only World Cup winning side in 2010. He scored five goals at the 2013 Confederations Cup and led the squad to a second-place finish.

He is the latest big-name addition to the J-League following compatriot and Spain teammate Andres Iniesta, who signed a deal with Vissel Kobe in May.

Torres made his professional debut with Atletico Madrid in Spain in 2001, before moving to England in 2007. He returned to his boyhood club in 2015 after playing for Milan.

Spanish media reported earlier this year that Torres wanted to play in the J-League. The governing body announced in May that Torres had agreed to join Tosu, but later apologized, saying the report was "factually inaccurate."

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