Present in the 100 nominated for the Golden Boy 2021, Takefusa Kubo (20) is, barring a miracle, sure not to win this prestigious trophy. Because the Japanese Real Madrid has been failing since Casa Blanca recruited him in 2019. Arrived in the Spanish capital, the former resident of FC Barcelona was immediately loaned to Mallorca. The objective of the Merengues was clear: to send the young recruit to harden himself in a less upscale team with a view to a return in one or two years.
In the Balearics, the Nippon had a promising first season in La Liga. Author of 4 goals and 5 assists in 35 matches at 18, Kubo finally seemed to be gone to confirm the hopes placed in him. Unfortunately for him, Mallorca finished the 2019/2020 season in 19th place in the table. It is therefore impossible for Kubo to stay in a club relegated to the second division. Madrid then sent him to Villarreal’s side.
A choice that seemed wise. The Yellow Submarine is a regular candidate for the top 6 in La Liga (except a 14th place in 2018/2019) and had the advantage of playing a European Cup, the Europa League. A competition in which the Nippon managed to score 1 goal and make 5 assists in 5 appearances. But in La Liga, the record is less flattering. Established only 2 times in 13 matches (0 goal), the native of Kanagawa forced Real Madrid to break his loan.
Direction Getafe where he has certainly played more games (8 starts in 18 matches, 1 goal, 1 assist), but not enough to amaze the world. With the 2020/2021 season over, Kubo has returned to Madrid. And again, he has a good chance of having to find a new club. We will still have to wait to know Carlo Ancelotti’s position on him, but several clubs have positioned themselves to welcome him.
AS reveals that Mallorca, promoted in La Liga, would dream of a return of the Japanese. On paper, everything seems to be together to revive the player. He would find a club and a squad that he knows well and with which he has been good. Note, however, that Espanyol and Betis are also interested. What will Real Madrid decide with their element under contract until 2024? The question arises because Marca indicated at the end of May that the Casa Blanca would no longer be too ready to lend all-out its young elements and would favor dry transfers. Case to follow.