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Three Potential Destinations for Takefusa Kubo this Summer

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Suitors are lining up for Kubo’s next potential loan deal

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Takefusa Kubo may be back on the loan market this summer. Half of Europe was after his signature last summer, with Sevilla, Ajax, and Osasuna pushing hardest before Villarreal and Emery swopped in and convinced the Japanese starlet of their project. Kubo, much like Martin Odegaard after returning to Real Madrid last summer, felt promises were unfulfilled and featured predominantly from the bench for the yellow submarine. In search of greener pastures, Take Kubo moved to Getafe under Jose Bordalas. His playing time stayed more or less the same under Bordalas, and what resulted was an underwhelming 2020-2021 season after a breakout year with Mallorca just the season prior.

This upcoming season, could be a pivotal year for Takefusa Kubo as he tries to prove he is worthy of a spot at Real Madrid and worthy of being labeled as a top quality La Liga talent. Three La Liga teams are reportedly interested in securing his services for next season. In a report from La Razón, newly promoted Real Mallorca — who Kubo excelled with in his first season as a top flight professional, Espanyol — now coached by Vicente Moreno, formerly of Real Mallorca when Kubo was playing there, and Real Betis — a UEFA Europa League team in need of additional depth — are all interested in the Japanese playmaker.

Kubo and his environment now know that no matter how many promises are made, the ultimate factor behind his playing time is his attitude, commitment to the club, and above all his performances & the results of the team. If Kubo is going to take the next step in his young career, then he needs to find the right home away from his parent club.