Real Madrid and Real Mallorca have reached an agreement on a one year loan move, with no option to buy, for Takefusa Kubo, according to a report from GOAL Espana.
The 20-year-old Japanese playmaker will be back in Mallorca for the 2021-2022 season. Kubo made his debut in La Liga with Mallorca back in 2019 and eventually became a key member for the side by the end of the 2019-2020 season. Then coach, Vicente Moreno, could not prevent Mallorca from avoiding the drop but Kubo, Budimir, and Cucho Hernandez all formed a strong chemistry in the final third of Mallorca’s attack. Luiz Garcia Plaza is the new manager for the club, leading them immediately back to the first division, while Cucho Hernandez (Watford) and Ante Budimir (Osasuna) have since departed. Kubo will need to impress his new coach and gel with his new teammates in order to earn a starting spot.
There was no open place for Take Kubo at Real Madrid given all three non-EU spots were occupied by Eder Militao, Rodrygo Goes, and Vinicius JR — all three of those players are expected to stay at the club and play important roles this season. Real Sociedad was one of the other Spanish clubs interested in Kubo, but it seems the player and Madrid have picked a familiar club with whom playing time is likely to be significant. Time will tell if this is the right move for Kubo’s career, but the player will likely be looking forward to a return to the island of Mallorca.