Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Real Madrid add ‘Japanese Messi’ Takefusa Kubo to Castilla squad

Real Madrid add ‘Japanese Messi’ Takefusa Kubo to Castilla squad

Real Madrid on Friday signed Japanese teenage midfielder Takefusa Kubo for the Spanish club's reserve team.

Japan's Takefusa Kubo takes part in a training session in Sao Paulo June 13, 2019.

Details of the deal were not disclosed but Spanish newspaper Marca said Real have paid FC Tokyo a two million euro ($2.25 million) transfer fee, while Kubo was expected to have signed a five-year contract.

Takefusa Kubo and Jonathan Jimenez of El Salvador compete for the ball during the global friendly match between Japan and El Salvador at Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi on June 9, 2019.

The attacking midfielder has been on a hot scoring streak recently the J. League first division, netting four goals across his last four games this season, but now has a chance to make a much bigger splash for one of the world's most prestigious teams.

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Kubo is one of the most promising young talents to emerge from Japan in recent years, having made his debut for the national team aged just 18.

Kubo is now in Brazil with the Japanese national side, who are preparing to contest the Copa America as an invited nation.

Real Madrid have announced the signing of Takefusa Kubo, who was previously at Barcelona's academy and has been dubbed the "Japanese Messi".

His first Spanish stint ended in hard circumstances as, following three seasons in the Barcelona system, he returned to Japan after the club was hit by a transfer ban for breaching Federation Internationale de Football Association rules on the recruitment of junior players from overseas.

The club have already signed Belgian forward Eden Hazard from Chelsea, Serbian striker Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt and Porto defender Eder Militao.

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