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Iago Junior: “It took him a few months to adapt, but I now see Kubo with the level to play for Madrid”

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In an exclusive interview with El Espanol, Iago Junior had an opportunity to speak about his Japanese teammate

Real Betis Balompie v RCD Mallorca - La Liga Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Iago Junior’s moment of the season and moment of his career was a goal vs Real Madrid at Mallorca’s San Moix stadium. The African winger was a nightmare for Alvaro Odriozola to try and deal with and his goal helped lead Mallorca to a historic victory. In an interview with El Espanol, the Mallorca player was asked about a wide range of topics including his new teammate Takefusa Kubo.

“Take had a hard time adapting to our system at first and especially to Spanish football,” Iago Junior revealed.

“He had only played in Segunda B with Barça B and then returned to Japan. It took him a little while the first few months, but now I see him with a level that can find a place in Real Madrid without any problems. I see him with quality, with intelligence in the game, with changes of rhythm and speed... he has improved a lot at such a young age. He deserves credit for what he has done and his intelligence on the pitch,” he affirmed.

In Take Kubo’s last three matches before the break, he had scored two goals and provided one assist. The Japanese winger was beginning to form a formidable partnership with Colombian striker, Cucho Hernandez. The pair were the catalyst of all of Mallorca’s best opportunities. Kubo will be one to keep an eye on the last 11 match-days. If he can replicate his form from the prior three weeks in February and March, then Mallorca may have a chance at avoiding relegation.