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Transfer: Kubo goes on loan to Mallorca

Takefusa Kubo, Real Madrid
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Takefusa Kubo has been loaned out to Mallorca by Real Madrid for the remainder of the season.

According to Spanish outlet AS, Takefusa Kubo has completed a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid to Mallorca

The 18 year old Japan international, joined Real at the end of last season, from FC Tokyo.

He is highly regarded as one of the top prospects not only to come out of Japanese football but from the Asian continent.

His pre-Real Record, shows his having played 70 senior games so far in his career over the various Japanese league, including the top J.League. he has 12 goals and seven assists in that time.

This kind of form, and given his age, prompted both Barcelona and Real Madrid to seek his signature.

Barcelona originally won the race, but further to their FIFA sanctions for signing under-aged international players, they were forced to release him.

Up stepped Real to sing him on a free transfer.

Kubo has spent the entire preseason, with Zinedine Zidane and the first team. Gaining valuable experience. Reports tell a story of a very impressive showing by the youngster.

However, Spanish League rules, do not permit la Liga teams to have more than three non-EU players in their first-team squads.

These non-EU spots are currently filed by Eder Militao, Vinicius and Rodrygo. The club felt it would be highly unlikely the player would oust any of these players in his first year.

They opted to send him to play with Raul Gonzalez at Castilla, the Real B-team. It was deemed this would give him the opportunity of regular minutes.

Since then Real Valladolid and Mallorca have expressed an interest in taking the player on loan. Both with the intent of acquiring a top-class player, and helping Madrid get him to experience the top level of Spanish football.

It was widely believed Valladolid had the upper hand, as they were owned by former Brazillian and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo Nazario.

However, it appears for whatever reason, Mallorca has stolen the march on the young Japanese superstars signature and secured his services for the rest of the season.

This will allow the player to gain valuable experience, and also allow his parent club to observe how he copes with La Liga