Real Valladolid boss ‘does not know’ Takefusa Kubo rumours

Real Valladolid boss Sergio Gonzalez “does not know anything” about his club’s potential loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Takefusa Kubo.

El Chiringuito, as cited by Marca, say the Japanese midfielder will move to Ronaldo Nazario’s club on a temporary arrangement as he is thought to be ready to play top-flight football as opposed to spending time in Madrid’s Castilla team.

“I have no information on that subject and I will not comment on it until I know it,” Gonzalez said, as cited by Diario AS.

“I know what has come out in the press, what I have read but I have no information about it and until it is official or true information I will not comment on it.”

The attack-minded player spent four years in the Blaugrana’s La Masia youth academy but had to leave the club in 2015 when Barcelona were sanctioned for signing underage players illegally.

Kubo, who has been nicknamed ‘the Japanese Messi’, then signed for FC Tokyo but he celebrated his 18th birthday earlier this month and was subsequently available to return to European football – with Madrid pouncing.

The Japan Under-20 international was said to have caught the attention of sporting directors of ‘Europe’s biggest clubs’, including Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

Kubo netted six goals across 30 appearances for former club FC Tokyo and has impressed in pre-season performances for Madrid.

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