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Torres signs for Japanese side Sagan Tosu after Atletico exit

Torres announced he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after their Europa League win. Credit: PA

Former Spain striker Fernando Torres has announced he is joining Japanese side Sagan Tosu.

Torres was a free agent after leaving Atletico Madrid this summer and had been linked with moves to various leagues around the world.

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.

The ex-Liverpool and Chelsea forward said in quotes reported by Marca: "We've had offers from all over. My new team will Sagan Tosu.

"Sagan Tosu were one of the first clubs to show an interest in me. They have convinced me with their sporting project.

"I think that Japan and the Japanese league is going to be a great experience."

Torres is following in the footsteps of his World Cup and European Championship-winning team-mate Andres Iniesta, who recently joined Japanese side Vissel Kobe after leaving Barcelona.

Torres added: "I've always been treated really well in Asia and Sagan Tosu have made a great effort and I'm very grateful."

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No new injury concerns ahead of Arsenal's Atletico clash

Ozil, Cech and Wilshere all trained ahead of Arsenal's Europa League match on Thursday. Credit: PA

Mesut Ozil, Petr Cech and Jack Wilshere all trained on Wednesday ahead of Arsenal's Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid.

The trio, as well as full-back Sead Kolasinac, missed Sunday's 4-1 Premier League win over West Ham with minor complaints, but all were part of the squad working at London Colney.

Ozil was ill, while Cech had a minor hip injury as Wilshere and Kolasinac were sidelined with ankle problems.

Mohamed Elneny was carried off on a stretcher on the stroke of half-time with ankle ligament damage, although Arsenal are hopeful he will play again this season.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also absent, but could feature in the second leg in Madrid next week, having trained away from the group on Wednesday.

The news will be a boost to outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as he looks to end his near-22 year tenure with a European trophy, especially as Atletico themselves were given good news as former Chelsea forward Diego Costa was passed fit to travel to London following a hamstring injury.

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