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Real Madrid left ‘stunned’ by Japanese star Takefusa Kubo

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Japanese teenage star Takefusa Kubo has left Real Madrid coaches stunned and could end up in the first-team next season already.

Real signed Kubo this summer from FC Tokyo for €4m after an impressive campaign in the J-League. It saw him smash home four goals and provide four assists in his 13 outings.

The 18-year-old’s immense talent has earned many rave reviews in his native Japan, with some going as far as labelling him the “Japanese Messi”.  It even caused Real, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to enter a bidding war for this new hot prospect.

Kubo, in fact, joined Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy at the tender age of 10. Unsurprisingly, he quickly made his mark in the academy teams before FIFA’s transfer ban in 2015 forced him to return to Japan.

The teenager’s prodigious talent then quickly saw him promoted to Tokyo’s first team at 15. It made him the J-League’s youngest player in history before he later went on to take the mantle of the league’s youngest goalscorer as well.

After a stellar few seasons at home, Kubo is back on Spanish soil and raring to go with Barcelona’s big rivals Real.

Los Blancos had planned to put Kubo in the Castilla team for next season to give him a chance to develop rather than sit around on the senior team bench.

But AS claim that the former Barcelona youth player’s talents have stunned Real coaches. Apparently, they are so impressed that he may already be in line for an early promotion.

Insiders are already praising Kubo as a “once in a generation talent”, with AS suggesting Real could include him in their official first-team photo for the upcoming campaign.

The four-time Japan international could, therefore, follow in fellow teenage star Vinicius Junior’s footsteps by becoming a regular in the first-team during his debut season.

AS also added that Barcelona are rueing their loss of Kubo.

RIFU, JAPAN – JUNE 09: Takefusa Kubo of Japan warms up prior to the international friendly match between Japan and El Salvador at Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi on June 09, 2019 in Rifu, Miyagi, Japan. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)
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