Every game and goal by Takefusa Kubo (Kawasaki, Japan, 20 years old) at the Games is celebrated in the privacy of Real Madrid’s offices, happy because a player who is convinced that he will be capital for the white team is revalued. It happens, however, that he is not expected immediately but possibly in the next year, because in this the squad is saturated with attackers and non-EU members. An entanglement that for the moment is stirring up Kubo, who in Tokyo has become the Japanese emperor, now Spain’s rival in the semifinals in the fight for medals (this Tuesday, 1:00 pm; 1am).
With the 7 behind him, Kubo is Hajime Moriyasu’s 4-2-3-1 hook, also the goal because he is the only one in history to score in the first three games. He did it in the opening match against South Africa (1-0), in the second stake against Mexico (2-1) and against France (4-0), always opening the can. In the quarterfinals, with New Zealand (0-0) ahead, their goal was not needed because Japan resolved the penalty round early. “From the draw, I always knew that if we made it, our semifinal would be against Spain,” Kubo resolved then; “So far I have taken it a bit calmly, but now is when I am going to give 100%. No, 120%, 150%. I will lead my team to victory. “
Footballer who arrived at La Masia when he was 10 years old, he soon shared focuses on the generation of Ansu Fati and Eric García. “He was very disciplined and always had a predisposition to learn. He liked to understand the meaning of the exercises. He quickly adapted and stood out ”, acknowledges a coach who directed him during a season at Can Barça. Until FIFA sanctioned Barcelona in 2014 for the irregular hiring of minors and banned Kubo (and other footballers) from their alignment in matches, so he returned to his country to earn a name, since before he was 16 years old became the second youngest player to debut in Japanese First. Shortly after, internationality came to him.
After finishing the contract with FC Tokyo in 2019 and already of legal age, Kubo offered himself again to Barcelona, which was very interested, but not for the task of satisfying their demands. “He asked for a million a year and the obligation to be part of the first team in the second year,” they reveal at the Barça club; “And that we could not assure him; we had covered the quota of non-EU citizens with Arthur, Malcom and Arturo Vidal ”. Kubo’s wishes married Madrid, who paid two million to start at Castilla and finish in the first team. A step, in any case, that takes a long time to happen – it has not played any official match – and that does not seem to take place in this course but in the next, because he has a contract until 2025 and because the coach, Ancelotti, has plenty of non-EU citizens. . Although the Spanish Federation and LaLiga agreed that the Welshman Bale [y Trippier, del Atlético] He will not occupy a foreign place despite Brexit, the places are still filled with Militão, Rodrygo and Vinicius, who are in the process of nationalization. The problem, in addition, is the accumulation of attackers with Odegaard, Hazard, Odriozola, Mariano, Jovic, Bale, Benzema, Asensio, Vinicius, Lucas Vázquez and Rodrygo, in addition to Kubo.
Although in 2019 he had a great preseason with the first team, Madrid loaned him to Mallorca. A step that made him grow defensively and that marked him as a player to follow. But the progression stalled in the previous course, yielded to Villarreal, where Emery gave him little reel, seven starts. Enough for Kubo to go to Getafe in winter. It didn’t work either because Bordalás tried to shake up the line-up and the game with Kubo and Aleñá, but soon he returned to football against him. What for Kubo meant more bench and fewer minutes. The opposite of what happens in Tokyo, where he is the emperor of Japan.
In Madrid, however, he is still a pawn, although he is to the liking of Real, Levante, Mallorca and Espanyol. Before that comes around, however, he hopes to get hold of Spain and fight for the gold.
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