Real Madrid starlet Takefusa Kubo completes a loan move to Villarreal as the Japan winger links up with former Arsenal manager Unai Emery
- Winger Takefusa Kubo is set to continue his development at Villarreal next term
- The 19-year-old joined Real Madrid from Tokyo FC last summer on a free transfer
- Kubo then spent last season at Mallorca, impressive despite the club’s relegation
- The Japanese star becomes new Villarreal manager Unai Emery’s first signing
Unai Emery has landed his first signing as Villarreal manager, sealing Real Madrid prospect Takefusa Kubo on a season-long loan.
The Japanese winger signed for the Spanish champions last summer after a stint at Barcelona‘s academy in his youth, immediately jetting to RCD Mallorca on-loan for 2019-20.
The 19-year-old missed just two games of Mallorca’s LaLiga campaign, eventually falling into the Segunda Division despite Kubo pitching in with four goals and five assists.
Japanese winger Takefusa Kubo has joined Villarreal on a one-year loan deal from Real Madrid
Kubo spent the 2019-20 season on-loan at Mallorca, suffering relegation with the island team
Kubo had hoped to return to Madrid to fight for a starting spot but has been sent out on-loan
Despite’s Kubo’s stated desire of returning to the Bernabeu to battle for a starting spot, Zinedine Zidane’s embarrassment of riches out-wide has meant to Japan star must keep patient for his opportunity.
Villarreal have paid a £2.7m fee to bring the youngster in, additionally agreeing to pay the winger’s wages.
Kubo will play Europa League football for the first time next season after Javier Calleja led Villarreal to fifth in 2019-20.
The young Japanese winger is former Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s first signing as Villarreal boss
Kubo will play Europa League football for the first time in 2020-21 with the LaLiga outfit
However, their 10-point deficit to fourth-placed Sevilla proved too much for the Yellow Submarine, seeing Calleja sacked – with former Arsenal boss Emery brought back to Spain as his replacement.
Emery will be determined to rebuild his reputation after his Gunners reign ended in disaster, sacked after just 18-months in London.
The former Valencia, Sevilla and PSG boss is one of only two managers to have won the Europa League three times, having also won six trophies in his French stint.