Fernando Torres has turned down offers from France, Germany and Spain to join Sagan Tosu in Japan.
Sagan Tosu – currently 17th in the J League table – are managed by Italian Massimo Ficcadenti; their relegation battle resumes in July.
Torres said: “We 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.”
Torres follows his former Spain teammate Andres Iniesta to Japan; he agreed to join Vissel Kobe in May.