The Japanese Takefusa Kubo (20) is currently staying with the Nippon Olympic team in the preparation camp for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which will begin next week. Many thousands of kilometers to the west, however, his fate could decide for the coming season.
Because a report of the as According to Roberto Olabe, director of football at Real Sociedad de San Sebastián, asked Real Madrid about the possibility of signing the 20-year-old attacking man.
Because under the new (old) coach of the Royal, Carlo Ancelotti, the Japanese should not have the best prospects of sufficient playing time. Accordingly, the makers of the Avenida de Concha Espina are also interested in helping the player to match the game – and lending him again.
As was the case last season. The technically skilled, dribbling winger even played for two different clubs. Even then, in the late summer of 2020, the txuri urdin were interested in a loan from the Japanese, but in the end had to give way to the league competitor FC Villarreal.
But in contrast to his loan to RCD Mallorca a year earlier, Kubo could not convince in the “Yellow U-Boot” – and changed the club colors again this winter. It went to the azulones (“blues”) of Madrid’s city neighbors Getafe FC.
Overall, Kubo came in 31 (mostly short) league appearances for both clubs on only one hit and one assist. In principle, the Bernabéu Stadium still hopes that the Japanese’s development has not yet come to an end.
What is also symbolized in the price tag, which is not exactly low: in the event of a sale, the Madrilenians would probably charge around 15 million euros.
Too much for the Basques from Real Sociedad, who recently had very good experiences with another “royal” loan player.
In Kubo, those responsible at Real Sociedad see a similar type of player as Martin Ödegaard, who had 16 goals in 36 league and cup games in the 2019/20 season and thus not insignificantly against the final cup triumph (with a year of corona-related delay) in the final contributed to the unloved Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao (1-0).
Is Kubo, once known as “Japan Messi”, now following in the Norwegian’s footsteps? This question shouldn’t concern him too much at the moment. Rather, the little wing racer (1.73 meters) and his national team colleagues are currently concentrating on upholding the honor of his nation at the upcoming Olympic football tournament in their own country.
In Group A, Japan meets South Africa, Mexico and France. The first opponent is South Africa next Thursday (1.30 p.m.). The Japanese team is considered to be one of the favorites for a medal.