Shinji Kagawa believes Takefusa Kubo has what it takes to make it at Real Madrid.
The young Japan international is currently on loan with Real Mallorca, after joining Los Blancos in the summer from J-League outfit FC Tokyo.
Kubo, 18, is yet to play a competitive match for Real but has made nine appearances for Mallorca this term, assisting once (via Transfermarkt), but his compatriot Kagawa believes that he has what it takes to become a star for Los Blancos in the future.
“He’s a very good player,” said Kagawa in a recent interview with Marca.
“He already speaks Spanish because he was at the Barcelona academy for a bit and this is helping him a lot now.
“I think he can play well for Real Madrid.
“He has a very good chance [of succeeding in Spain].
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“He’s left-footed and very intelligent on the pitch.
“He always makes the right decision at the right time.”
Kagawa, who also plays in La Liga with Real Zaragoza, is one of six Japanese players currently plying their trade in the top two divisions of Spanish football.
Another one is Huesca’s Shinji Okazaki – formerly of Leicester City – who the ex-Manchester United man shares a close bond with.
Kubo is still so young that it is difficult to tell whether or not he has what it takes to make it at Madrid, though early indications do suggest that he will become a star in Spain.
The 18-year-old’s style of play has been likened to Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s, which of course is a huge compliment. If he can go on to become a fraction of the player Messi is today, then he will surely have a huge career.
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