Villarreal paid Madrid a €3 million fee and agreed to cover Kubo’s salary for the 2020-21 season.

Kubo will play at Villarreal

Real Madrid winger Takefusa Kubo has completed the loan to Villarreal, LaLiga champions have confirmed on Monday. Villarreal paid Madrid a €3 million fee and agreed to cover Cubo’s salary for the 2020-21 season. Kubo will have the chance to play in the Europa League. Villarreal secured a fifth-place finish in LaLiga under Javier Calleja on a final term. Calleja was eventually relieved of his duties for failing to qualify for the Champions League. So on 23 July, former Arsenal boss Unai Emery was called up to replace. Kubo will go straight to Emery’s squad to get more regular minutes under his belt and continue his development after a bright start to his LaLiga career in Mallorca.

Takefusa expresses his desire about returning to the Santiago Bernabeu

The Japan international was sent out on loan to Son Moix. After moving to Madrid from FC Tokyo last summer and recorded four goals and four assists in 35 appearances for the club. Back in April, Kubo expressed his desire to return to the Santiago Bernabeu and fight for a spot with Zinedine Zidane at the end of his stay at Mallorca. He told reporters: “My preference is understandable, to be able to play at the Bernabeu with a Real Madrid jersey on. Everything depends on me, and I will have a chance to play at Real Madrid in the future. Right now, I am at Mallorca to give my all and show that I can be there”. The talented young striker added to his relationship with the Madrid boss: “Zidane treated me very well. He is a trainer who is attentive to the details.”

 

Kubo will now have to wait at least one more year before being given a chance to prove himself at the Bernabeu. But he will at least have the opportunity to continue performing in Spain’s top flight. Despite his best efforts, Mallorca were relegated from LaLiga in June. Although the club was reportedly interested in retaining the teenager’s services, Madrid refused to accept any loan extension option. Real Sociedad have also been linked to Kubo in recent months. But Villarreal have won the race to his signature and will now be tasked with helping the club regain its place in Europe’s top table next year.