Real Madrid will decide Takefusa Kubo’s next team this week and Villarreal appear to have the edge to complete a loan deal for him, with Celta, Granada and Osasuna also in the mix, according to a report from AS.
Bayern Munich have also shown interest in the Japanese talent —per that same report— but both Real Madrid and Kubo agree that the player should stay in La Liga and also in a team where he can be a regular starter, something which wouldn’t be all that likely in Munich.
Villarreal and Granada seem to be Kubo’s most likely destination because Real Madrid are keen on the fact that Kubo would be playing European football if he joined those two teams. Villarreal’s new coach Unai Emery appears to be very interested in signing Kubo and that’s the reason why the Yellow Submarine have the edge right now.
Villarreal would be a perfect landing spot for Kubo if they were to play like last season, but it’s also important to mention that Emery might not be the perfect coach for him. Emery often prioritizes work rate and defensive skills over pure talent and creativity, so while Kubo could eventually take his defensive game to another level, he could also struggle getting the minutes he wants early on.
Real Madrid will need to choose very carefully, as Kubo’s debut season in La Liga has been very intriguing and the attacker appears to have a bright potential which shouldn’t be wasted.