Real Madrid’s Kubo joins Getafe on loan for the remainder of the season

The 19-year-old Japanese international Takefusa Kubo is on loan from Real Madrid to Getafe for the remainder of the season, the two Spanish La Liga clubs announced on Friday.

Takefusa Kubo. (Kyodo)

The left-footed offensive midfielder spent the first half of the season on loan to third-placed Villarreal, but found no playing time under coach Unai Emery with only two appearances in 13 league games without scoring.

Kubo was given opportunities in the Europa League, with the youngster starting all five group games and scoring one goal. However, he never achieved a regular place in the team and was often used in an unfamiliar role on the left side of the pitch.

Kubo moved to Spanish giant Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 and spent the last season on loan in Mallorca, where he scored four goals in 35 league games and supported them in relegation.

Getafe, the former home of Japanese Gaku Shibasaki, who currently plays for second division Leganes, is a medium-sized club that has previously loaned young players from Real Madrid. Last season they finished eighth, but this season they finished 16th.

Kubo played for the Barcelona youth teams before returning to Japan where he played for Yokohama F Marinos and Tokyo FC. He was the second youngest player to debut for the Japanese national team at 18 years and 5 days and is expected to be a mainstay at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

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