Madrid - Real Madrid will send 18-year-old Japan Takefusa Kubo midfielder
on-loan to Mallorca this season, the clubs announced on Thursday.
Madrid signed Kubo, who has been dubbed the "Japanese Messi" in his
home country, from FC Tokyo in June but have allowed the teenager to
leave to gain experience.
"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
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."
Kubo will train with his Mallorca team-mates for the first time on
Friday, ahead of the team's second La Liga game of the season at home to
Real Sociedad on Sunday.
The newly-promoted club began with a 2-1 win over Eibar last weekend.
After joining Barca's academy aged 10, Kubo returned to Japan in 2015
as a result of FIFA sanctions handed to the club for breaching rules on
signing under-age players.
Barca kept tabs on the attacking midfielder but Real Madrid jumped in this summer with an offer of around €2 million.
Kubo made his international debut for Japan against El Salvador in June.