Soccer

Real Madrid loans teenager Takefusa Kubo to Mallorca

AP, AFP-JIJI

Real Madrid on Thursday announced it has loaned teenager Takefusa Kubo to Spanish League rival Mallorca for the season.

Madrid signed the 18-year-old attacking midfielder in June from FC Tokyo with the intention of having him play on its reserve team. He played with the first team during the preseason.

Kubo, who had spent time at Barcelona’s youth training academy, made his international debut this year.

“Real Madrid and RCD Mallorca have agreed to the loan of Takefusa Kubo for this season until June 30, 2020,” Real Madrid wrote in a statement.

Mallorca added: “The Mallorcan is one of the great talents of world football and stands out for his daring and his great quality with the ball at his feet.

“Kubo speaks Spanish perfectly after coming through the academy of FC Barcelona and at 18 he is an international with Japan.”

Mallorca earned promotion to the first division this season. It won its season opener, 2-1 over Eibar, last weekend. It will host Real Sociedad on Sunday.

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