‘They showed me the plan they had for my career and that convinced me’: Japan starlet Takefusa Kubo opens up on why he swapped Barcelona for fierce rivals Real Madrid

Japan starlet Takefusa Kubo has revealed that he swapped Barcelona for Real Madrid because they had ‘a plan’ for his already promising future.

The 18-year-old, who has been dubbed as the Japanese Lionel Messi, was sent out on loan to Real Mallorca after completing his move to the Bernabeu.

Kubo spent three seasons in Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy before returning to Japan in 2015 to grow there.

Takefusa Kubo joined Real Madrid this summer before being sent on loan to Real Mallorca

Takefusa Kubo joined Real Madrid this summer before being sent on loan to Real Mallorca

After spending a couple of seasons in Tokyo, Kubo sealed a move back to La Liga earlier this summer. 

And while he is yet to make his full debut in Los Blancos colours, Kubo insists he joined Zinedine Zidane’s side because ‘they thought about his future’. 

He told Marca: ‘Real Madrid were clear that they wanted to sign me. They showed me the plan they had for my career and I really liked it; that convinced me.

‘I really liked Real’s goal in a sporting sense, the plan they had for me for the next few years, and what they thought about me for the future.’

The teenager has featured six times for Real Mallorca this season and has one assist to his name. 

The 18-year-old forward featured in Real's pre-season clash with Tottenham in Munich

The 18-year-old forward featured in Real’s pre-season clash with Tottenham in Munich

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