Real Madrid confirm signing of 'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo; to play for youth team next season

Real Madrid Castilla sign former Barcelona youth product and Japan's Takefusa Kubo, 18, from FC Tokyo.

Agence France-Presse June 14, 2019 17:41:31 IST
Real Madrid confirm signing of 'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo; to play for youth team next season
  • Real Madrid sign Japanese teenager Takefusa Kubo from FC Tokyo

  • Real Madrid sign Japanese teenager for 'B' Team Castilla

  • Real Madrid Castilla sign former Barcelona youth product Takefusa Kubo from FC Tokyo

Madrid: Real Madrid confirmed the signing of Japanese teenager Takefusa Kubo on Friday. The 18-year-old joins from FC Tokyo and will play for Madrid's B team, Castilla, next season.

Real Madrid confirm signing of Japanese Messi Takefusa Kubo to play for youth team next season

Real Madrid have signed Japanese starlet Takefusa Kubofor for youth team. (AFP)

"Takefusa Kubo will join Castilla next season," a Real Madrid statement read. "He is one of the most promising young players in world football, an attacking midfielder with excellent technique and great vision for the game."

Kubo, who has been dubbed the "Japanese Messi", made his full international debut against El Salvador earlier this month and was also linked with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League champions Manchester City.

Kubo earned his nickname after joining Barca's youth academy aged 10 but returned to Japan in 2015 as a result of FIFA sanctions handed to the club for breaching rules on signing under-age players.

Barcelona have kept tabs on Kubo ever since but Madrid stole a march on their La Liga rivals with an offer of two million euros ($2.25 million) a year, according to Japanese media.

Kubo came on as a second-half substitute in Japan's 2-0 win over El Salvador last weekend and has been included in the Blue Samurai squad for the Copa America, which begins on Friday in Brazil.

He has scored four goals in 13 J-League games this year for Tokyo.

Japan open their second Copa America campaign against Chile in Sao Paulo on Monday.

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