Messi is a reference to me but I am now ‘very Madrid’ – Kubo

  • Lionel Messi has been an example to Techfusa Kubo, but he has no regrets about being given the chance to become a bluegrass icon.

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Modified 12 April 2020, 17:52 IST

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Takefus Kubu

Real Madrid-owned talent Takefusa Kubo still sees Lionel Messi as a “reference point” but insists that his Barcelona relationship is a thing of the past and that he is “very Madridiska” now.

Signed by Kudo Madrid last June, his acquisition was seen as something of a coup – staying in Bar বারa before – until 2015.

When Bursa was investigated for violating the FIFA rules regarding the signing of young players in the 27’s, he was forced to return to Japan, though Blograna had promised to return once he was 18.

However, Kubu chose Madrid, Bar বারa refused to fulfill his demands and, after pre-season commitments, he was sent a loan to Real Mallorca in Laliga where the teenager impressed with three goals and two assists in 20 appearances – three of which as starters.

The inconsistent but silky left-footed attacking midfielder, perhaps compared to Messi, has some people in mind, and he is fully focused on his new life with the Los Blancos, seeing the Barcelona icon as an inspiration.

“First, I have to say that I am very thankful to Barcelona and FC Tokyo that brought me after this approval, Yokohama Marinos, who has given me a loan for half a season and now Mallorca.”

“We know there was a different interest from the clubs, but I didn’t want to know anything until my family, my agents and I were the right age for approval.

“When I was 3 years old on July 5, Madrid said they wanted to come to Japan. They came to see me and it was a beautiful touch.

“When I reached the right age, I had a huge opportunity to pick a team and because of my interest in them, I chose Real Madrid. I am very grateful. And now I am very Madrid.”

He added: “I didn’t know [Messi] Personally, however, he is a reference to many young players who want to be footballers and even young players who are footballers. When I was a kid, I watched his videos. He is a great footballer.

“He is a reference point for me and many left-footers who are not too tall and whose main features are dribbling and the way they control the ball Mess Messi is at the top of it.”

Published April 12, 2020, 17:52 IST

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