Japan international Takefusa Kubo will leave Spanish La Liga club Villarreal, head coach Unai Emery confirmed Saturday. Kubo has struggled for game time during his spell at Villareal.
Kubo joined Spanish giant Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 and spent last season on loan with Mallorca, who have since been relegated. Villarreal was seen as a big step up for the youngster, but he has not found favor with Emery.
Kubo might move to Getafe for remaining season
Unai Emery confirmed his departure after Villareal’s match against Levante. “I asked Kubo if he wanted to stay or leave and he told me that he is looking for a way out,” Emery said.
“Take’s behaviour is good, he has helped us and he must continue to grow as a player. However, he told me he wants to leave in order to find more minutes elsewhere and that’s why he wasn’t in the matchday squad today.”
Getafe FC are willing to acquire the services of the talented winger for the 2nd half of the season. Getafe’s president, Angel Torres, confirmed the rumors earlier this week on Spanish radio, Onda Cero. “Kubo wants to come to Getafe. Yes, another reinforcement could be Carles Alena, but we are not going to go crazy,” Torres said on air.
Getafe sit in 15th in the table, two points above the relegation spots, and coach Jose Bordalas will hope any arrival is up to speed.
Real Madrid are also looking for a club where Kubo would get regular minutes. Getafe and Madrid have a good relationship which would come in handy for the Japan international.