LaLiga: Real Madrid loan 'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo to Spanish rivals Getafe
Takefusa Kubo, nicknamed 'the Japanese Messi', returned to Spain in 2019 when he joined Real Madrid, but has yet to play for the club.
Madrid: Real Madrid said on Friday they have sent young Japanese winger Takefusa Kubo out on loan again, this time to LaLiga rivals Getafe where he will finish the season.
Kubo, 19, spent time in the youth system at Barcelona, where he was predictably nicknamed "the Japanese Messi", before moving to FC Tokyo.
He returned to Spain in 2019 when he joined Real Madrid, but has yet to play for the club.
He spent last season with Mallorca, scoring four goals in 36 matches as the club was relegated.
He started this season at Villarreal, but after only 13 appearances, mainly off the bench, that loan was cut short on Friday, immediately before he was loaned to Getafe.
At the end of a pulsating contest in Saudi Arabia, Real Madrid scraped through 3-2 after extra-time and will now face either Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao, who play on Thursday, in Sunday's final.
Sevilla's draw against Celta Vigo gives Real Madrid the chance to move six points clear at the top on Sunday.
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Atletico Madrid regain fourth place, now level on points with Real Sociedad in fifth, and 16 behind leaders Real Madrid, albeit with a game in hand.