Japanese Messi: Real Madrid Sign Takefusa Kubo From FC Tokyo
Real Madrid have signed Japanese teenager Takefusa Kubo – describing him as “one of the most promising young players in the world”.
Kubo, 18, is expected to have signed a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee, and will go straight into Real’s B team, Castilla, in the third tier of Spanish football next season.
A spell at Barca was previously cut short after they were found to have breached regulations regarding the acquisition of players under the age of 18.
Madrid will pay 2m euros (£1.78m) to Japanese top-flight side FC Tokyo for the player, reports Marca.
Real Madrid said in a statement on their official website: “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).”
He has played 13 times for FC Tokyo in 2019, scoring four goals.