Real Madrid loans Kubo to Mallorca
Japanese midfielder Takefusa Kubo (R) poses, after signing his loan contract, with Mallorca's CEO Maheta Molango (L) in Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, August 22, 2019. EPA-EFE/RCD MALLORCA HANDOUT
Madrid/Palma, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid is sending Japanese emerging talent Takefusa Kubo on a year-long loan to RCD Mallorca, the clubs said Thursday.
The move means Kubo will be able to compete in the Spanish top-flight league this season since Mallorca is one of the three newly promoted clubs to La Liga.
The 18-year-old player was acquired by Real Madrid this summer for the B-Team that plays in the third tier.
"Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca have reached an agreement over the loan of Takefusa Kubo for the current campaign in a deal running until 30 June 2020," Real Madrid said in a statement.
Kubo, who joined the club from FC Tokyo's first team on a free transfer, is considered one of the promising talents in the soccer world, having earned his full cap with Japan at the 2019 Copa America in Brazil.
The Japanese international is "hoping to gain further first-team experience at Son Moix (Mallorca's home-ground)," Mallorca said in a statement.
The young winger will be the third Japanese player to wear Mallorca's jersey, following countrymen Yoshito Okubo in 2005 and Akihiro Ienaga in 2011.
"I'm very excited and ready to play," Kubo said on arriving at Mallorca's facilities, adding it would be the coach's decision to play him.
Kubo had a spell at the FC Barcelona academy in 2011-2015 before returning home to FC Tokyo's youth team due to a sanction imposed by FIFA on the Catalan club.
Last season, he played with the first team in the domestic Japanese top-flight league, taking the field for 13 matches, scoring four goals and assisting on four others.
Kubo also played three matches in the Japanese League Cup, scoring once.
Following his arrival in Madrid on a transfer that drew a lot of attention, Kubo impressed during the team's pre-season tour in the United States and Germany.
It was not possible, however, to include him on Madrid's first team squad, coached by Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, because he was an extra foreign player with the club, so he was signed for Team B.
The La Liga giant thought that loaning Kubo out to a top-flight club would allow him to grow further and develop his playing. EFE-EPA