Takefusa Kubo left FC Barcelona’s academy —La Masia— back in 2015 when FIFA decided to punish the club for the signing of underage players. Kubo then spent all these years improving his football in the Japanese J1 League and patiently waited for his moment to come. This summer, everything appeared to be ready for Barcelona to sign the promising attacker back, but Barça directors thought Kubo’s agents simply wanted too much. Real Madrid got involved and quickly managed to get a deal done. Kubo is now a Real Madrid player, is completing the pre-season with the first team and will spend his first season playing for club legend Raul in Real Madrid Castilla.
Spanish newspaper AS have published quotes from some of the coaches Kubo had during his years in La Masia. They all speak highly of Kubo and think Barcelona made a huge mistake.
“He was destined to be a first-team player. He had unbelievable potential because he had an impressive talent alongside a great work ethic and discipline,” said one of those coaches.
Joan Vilà, who discovered talents like Puyol and Xavi but is not working for Barcelona anymore, goes even further.
“Letting Kubo go and join Real Madrid was Barça’s biggest mistake in quite some time,” said Vilà.
The Japanese attacker will definitely have chances to prove his worth during the current pre-season stage and it will also be interesting to see if he can make an impact in Castilla. Nobody knows if Kubo is talented enough to be a relevant player for Real Madrid’s first team in the future, but Madrid spent just €2 million to sign him and it made sense to take a chance.