Real Madrid confirm signing of 'Japanese Messi'

FC Tokyo's Takefusa Kubo set to make Real Madrid move

Madrid moved in ahead of Barcelona by signing Kubo, as the Catalans had him in their ranks as a youth but was one of the players that led to their 2014 Federation Internationale de Football Association sanction and he returned to Japan.

"A technically gifted and hugely talented attacking midfielder, he possess wonderful vision, quick feet and has an eye for goal".

The midfielder will join Real Madrid Castilla, the club's reserve team.

Barcelona have kept tabs on Kubo ever since but Madrid stole a march on their La Liga rivals with an offer of two million euros ($2.25 million) a year, according to Japanese media.

Kubo had previously been at Barcelona's La Masia for four years between 2011 and 2015 but the club had to release the then 14 year old.

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Kubo scored four goals and registered as many assists in 13 league games for FC Tokyo last season which has seen him included in the 2019 Copa America squad.

Kubo who just turned 18 this month will leave his club FC Tokyo, after being linked with a number of top European sides.

He had a loan spell at Yokohama F. Marinos back in 2018, opening his goalscoring account for the club with a strike on his debut.

Belgian star Eden Hazard - signed from Chelsea in a deal that could be worth up to $165 million - was unveiled to 50,000 fans at the Bernabeu on Thursday, while Real have also signed defenders Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy for around €50 million each, as well as striker Luka Jovic for a reported €60 million.

Barcelona and Paris Saint-German were also rumored to be in the running to secure the services of Kubo, who is now free to move after turning 18 on June 4.

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