Real Madrid have confirmed teenage midfielder Takefusa Kubo has joined fellow La Liga club RCD Mallorca on a season-long loan.
The Japan international featured heavily in pre-season and has recently been turning out for Real’s reserve side Castilla, but will now gain valuable first team experience away from the Bernabeu.
Who is Takefusa Kubo? Five things to know…
- Kubo was part of Barcelona’s La Masia set-up between 2011 and 2015.
- Due to Barca’s breach of Fifa’s international transfer policy for youth players, he was ineligible to play for the club.
- As such, Kubo returned to Japan and signed with FC Tokyo.
- Having impressed in the J1 League, Real snapped him up earlier this summer.
- He has now joined RCD Mallorca on a season-long loan.
Signed from FC Tokyo on a five-year contract in June, the 18-year-old was expected to play for Real Madrid B in 2019/20 despite impressing during the club’s summer preparations.
As per La Liga rules, top-flight clubs are only allowed three non-EU nationals, with those positions handed to Eder Militao, Vinicius and Rodrygo, so Kubo has been allowed to leave temporarily.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Real Madrid C. F. and R. C. D. Mallorca have agreed to the transfer of Takefusa Kubo for this season, until June 30, 2020.”
👋🏻 久保選手がマジョルカの一員になりました 🇯🇵
— RCD Mallorca (@RCD_Mallorca) August 22, 2019
Kubo is expected to immediately join the club’s training session on Friday at the Estadi de Son Moix, as Vicente Moreno prepares his side to face Real Sociedad on Sunday.
The attacking midfielder, nicknamed ‘the Japanese Messi’ returned to Europe this summer after he turned 18; it is believed Barcelona failed in their attempts to resign the talented tyro.