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Torres favours MLS or China move, says former agent

Torres favours MLS or China move, says former agent

According to Fernando Torres’ former agent, the Spaniard’s next career move will likely take him to the MLS or Chinese Super League.

Torres announced, on Monday, that his second stint at boyhood club Atletico Madrid would end this Summer, having reluctantly accepted he’d need to move to play regularly.

Since returning to Atletico in 2015, after a short spell at Milan, the 34-year-old striker has made 100 appearances, scoring 24 goals.

Despite not reaching the heights of his time in Madrid at the beginning of his career, Torres has remained a popular figure in the Atletico squad.

Torres spent a successful four seasons at Liverpool, before becoming the sixth most expensive footballer in history and setting the British transfer record at the time, in a £50 million move to Chelsea.

Since announcing his departure, Torres has been linked to clubs around the globe, including some in Qatar and even a reunion with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

Speaking to Radio Marca, the director of communications with Torres’ representatives Bahia Internacional, Antonio Sanz, said while no decision has been made over the striker’s future, Major League Soccer or the Chinese Super League are the preferred options.

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“There is no team yet,” Sanz said. “But we do have ideas. One option is the U.S. and another China. Not Europe, nor the Middle East.”

The MLS transfer window remains open until May, before reopening on July 10. Chinese Super League clubs will not be able to make squad additions until June 18.

At Monday’s announcement, Torres said he wanted “to continue playing for two, three or five years” and would be using the next few months to analyse with an open mind whatever offers came his way.

“I still feel I can play, and want to keep playing,” he said. “I have not listened to any offers [from other clubs] yet, but I will now. We will sit down and look at what we have, before making a decision when the time comes.”

The Spanish international was heavily rumoured to link former teammates, Nicolas Gaitan and Yannick Carrasco at Chinese club, Dalian Yifang, reportedly turning down a deal worth €15 million a year.

Torres is the only player in history to have played in and won the World Cup, European Championship, Champions League and Europa League, and with vast experience in Europe’s top leagues, could be a key signing for a side in whichever league he chooses.