Takefusa Kubo had no shortage of suitors this summer. All of Granada, Real Betis, Sevilla, Getafe, Ajax, AC Milan, and Bayern Munich were among the many clubs interested. A call from Villarreal, and in particular new manager, Unai Emery, convinced Kubo that the yellow submarine’s project was the best to fit his needs. With only 55 minutes played out of the 450 minutes available this season, Kubo feels disillusioned.
According to a report from Cadena Ser, Real Madrid’s management is furious with how Villarreal are using the Japanese playmaker. The club received the most offers for Kubo of any player this summer. Madrid expect the situation to change soon, but if Kubo continues to be left on the bench then they could be forced to intervene in January, much like they did for Andriy Lunin and Jorge De Frutos last season.
Unai Emery is a manager that prioritizes defensive stability and balance over all other elements of play. Kubo’s strength lie in the offensive end of the pitch and he has yet to win Emery’s trust in regards to his defensive contribution. Real Madrid will continue to keep a close eye on his development and will be hopeful that the situation changes soon.