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Takefusa Kubo
Gender Male
Ethnic Japanese
Job Japanese Footballer
Desc When former Barcelona academy star Takefusa Kubo finally made his first appearance at Camp Nou, he did so as a Real Madrid-owned Mallorca player. Consequently, the Japan international was met by jeers rather than cheers, not that he minded. That is something of an understatement, as Barcelona are still smarting from the loss of the ‘Japanese Messi’, who netted his first Liga goal in a 3-1 win over Villarreal in November.

Affiliation

Club as Player Mallorca [Loan]
  Real Madrid

2019 06 14 Retrieve

[Real Madrid have won the race to sign Japanese sensation Takefusa Kubo] Takefusa Kubo will come in to strengthen the Castilla ranks next season. The top level of the madridista academy are set to get their hands on one of the most promising youngsters in world football. A technically gifted and hugely talented attacking midfielder, he possess wonderful vision, quick feet and has an eye for goal.

At just 18 years of age, Kubo has already made his full Japan international debut (on June 9 against El Salvador). The Asian star joins the Whites from FC Tokyo, in Japan’s First Division, where he has made 13 appearances in the league in 2019 (four goals) and three in the League Cup (one goal).

2019 06 14b Retrieve

[Kubo’s Real Madrid move a bitter blow for Barcelona! ‘Japanese Messi’ finally set to shine in Spain] I wasn’t picked to play in games. Although I wasn’t playing in games I still had to go to the matches, just watching my team-mates playing. They were winning the games but I couldn’t be totally happy. At first, I really didn’t want to come back [to Japan]. I was so used to living there and also felt comfortable in the team, so I wondered ‘why?’.

I made so many efforts to get used to living over there, and I was afraid that I had to do it all over again. However, despite my worries, I fitted into life in Japan very quickly when I was back, so that was good.

2019 06 15 Retrieve

[Real Madrid new boy Kubo proud of ‘Japanese Messi’ tag but aware he has much to prove] It’s something to be very proud of and I feel honoured but I’m not at that level yet. I want to focus on improving the skills I have now. I only need to express the way I play, nothing more

2019 07 15 Retrieve

[Former Barca youth player Kubo calls new club Real Madrid ‘the best in the world’] In Japan there is a lot of passion for Real Madrid and I am very proud to play in the best club in the world. Above all, I am struck by the quality that everyone has. The team-mates and coaches are very friendly and I have been able to adapt very well. I have to take advantage of this opportunity that they have given me but I also have to have fun because not everyone gets this opportunity. I’m learning a lot as a footballer and as a person, both on and off the field. I’m having a great time

2019 07 22 Retrieve

[Takefusa Kubo is looking to make his mark at Real Madrid, but claims to know nothing of a transfer for Gareth Bale that could open a door for him. Quizzed after an outing against Bayern as to whether Bale has said goodbye to his team-mates] No, because he is here with us. I don’t know what’s happening. I’m not the guy to have an opinion about this. I just know that Bale is a great player

[Kubo admits the focus on him is doing his cause few favours] I know what’s happening in my country. People are a bit…There is a lot of focus placed on me, and I don’t really like that. I do my thinking on the pitch

[Kubo made his bow for the Blancos against Bayern, but was unable to prevent Zinedine Zidane’s said from slipping to a 3-1 defeat in the International Champions Cup] I’m very happy about my debut with Real Madrid, even though we lost and even though I always hate to lose. My plan is to help the team as much as possible

It was about pressing and playing quickly with one or two touches. I feel comfortable in whatever zone they place me

: 2019 07 24 The confirmation on Wednesday that Marco Asensio ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Arsenal comes as a huge blow for Real Madrid. Brahim Diaz, Takefusa Kubo and Rodrygo are all in an uncertain situation at the Santiago Bernabeu and the club are analysing the trio in detail to decide whether to keep them in the first team, drop them to the Castilla side or ship them out to another club

: 2019 08 01 Rodrygo or Kubo? Real Madrid face an impending dilemma over who will fill their non-European Union quota spots for next year following the impressive off-season form of Takefusa Kubo.

2019 08 22 Retrieve

[Takefusa Kubo seals Mallorca loan as Real Madrid seek to get game time into ‘Japanese Messi’] CD Mallorca and Real Madrid CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of Takefusa Kubo until June 30, 2020. The new Mallorca player is one of the great promises of world football and stands out for his great quality with the ball at his feet. Kubo speaks Spanish perfectly after passing through the system of FC Barcelona and at 18 he is an international with Japan. Kubo will train with his new teammates tomorrow [Friday].

2019 12 08 Retrieve

[Kubo says I deserve the boos from Barcelona fans] That’s the decision of the fans. I made my call and they have the right to whistle me. I think I deserve it, although there were people who also applauded me, which gave me courage. Does it hurt? No, they have to see me as a rival, not as an 18-year-old boy who plays football pretty well