Real Madrid loan 'Japanese Messi' to Mallorca

Thumbs up to the Real Mallorca switch

Thumbs up to the Real Mallorca switch

Real Madrid's Japan worldwide Takefusa Kubo has joined fellow La Liga side Real Mallorca on loan for the remainder of the season, both clubs said on Thursday.

"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.

A product of FC Barcelona's youth academy, Kubo played for Japan in the recent Copa America and is considered a key player for the national team at next year's Tokyo Olympics.

In June, Kubo became Japan's second-youngest global at the age of 18 years, 5 days.

Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka are top seeds for US Open
World number ones and defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka were named as top seeds for the US Open on Wednesday. Federer and No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal have never played each other in NY and could do so this year only if both make the final.

The Japanese star only joined Real Madrid in the summer but despite shining on their preseason tour, Zidane doesn't feel he is ready for a first-team place yet.

The newly-promoted club began with a 2-1 win over Eibar last weekend.

Due to Barca's breach of Fifa's worldwide transfer policy for youth players, he was ineligible to play for the club.

Kubo had been linked with a move to Real Valladolid, who are owned by former Madrid striker Ronaldo, but Mallorca eventually landed the highly rated playmaker.

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