Real Madrid considering terminating loan of star with a meager 55 minutes played

Takefusa Kubo (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Takefusa Kubo (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid attacking midfielder Takefusa Kubo hasn’t played nearly enough for Villarreal to start the season.

So many notable clubs in La Liga wanted to sign Real Madrid attacker Takefusa Kubo on loan this past summer. Sevilla, the Europa League champions who qualified for this year’s Champions League, wanted him. And abroad, even Ajax and Champions League winners Bayern Munich had interest in Kubo.

Yet Real Madrid decided to loan Kubo to Villarreal, seemingly because new manager Unai Emery had made an impression on the parties involved with his plan for the young Japanese attacking midfielder.

Instead, after five La Liga Matchdays, Real have every reason to be disappointed in Kubo’s role at Villarreal. He’s started zero games and played just 55 minutes despite being the most impressive player on the team when he is subbed into the match. According to, Kubo has a jaw-dropping 8.2 successful dribbles per 90 minutes and 4.9 key passes per 90 minutes.

On La Brujula del deporte, David Alonso reports that neither Real Madrid nor Takefusa Kubo are happy with the current situation at Villarreal under Emery. If the situation does not change in the “coming weeks”, Alonso reports that Los Blancos will work to find a new loan destination for Kubo in the winter transfer window.

Real Madrid cannot let a year go to waste for Takefusa Kubo

Understandably, they do not want to waste a full year of Kubo’s development. Last year, we saw how Real Madrid terminated Andriy Lunin’s doomed loan to Real Valladolid, wanting the top young goalkeeper prospect, who could be Thibaut Courtois’ heir to the position, to obtain playing time.

Kubo is an even more important prospect to Real and was excellent for Mallorca last season despite also playing for a subpar manager who did not feature him enough. But by the end of the season, his talent shone through.

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Hopefully, Emery starts Kubo soon, because he also has a lot to offer Villarreal, especially with the Europa League starting up. If not, Real will find a new spot for Kubo, and Emery will have reduced his stock even further in the eyes of top clubs. They may think twice about loaning their own young talents to a club managed by the man who miserably failed with Arsenal.