Take Kubo returns to Barcelona at its best

The Japanese, Real Madrid footballer on loan from Mallorca, played in the Barcelona quarry and will now face him after starting to settle in the vermilion club

If for someone it will be special the encounter that faces FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca in the Camp Nou is for Take Kubo. The Japanese soccer player, who is playing on loan from Real Madrid in the Vermilion team, spent four years at La Masía. It was one of the jewels of the Barça quarry, but a series of rocambolesque circumstances meant that he had to leave the Blaugrana club. Go back to what could have been your home.

It will be his first professional meeting at the Camp Nou and it seems that he will start the meeting as a starter. After a long adaptation to Mallorca, Kubo seems settled in the Mallorcanist scheme and accumulates four consecutive titles with Vicente Moreno. He already has a goal and two assists in the category and has begun to show the quality details that made Real Madrid opt, first, for his signing and, later, for giving it up to the highest category of Spanish football.

The merengue team signed it for free last summer before Barça's refusal to pay him the card requested by the Japanese offensive footballer. Kubo, in the absence of any more consistency and regularity, is already a reality in LaLiga. It is very close to meeting the expectations generated after his arrival on the island, which were not exactly low, and is one of the most beloved players for the fans of Mallorca.

His four-year stage at La Masía

But, before standing out in the island group, Take Kubo already had a first experience in national football. At eight years old, the Japanese participated in the summer campus of FC Barcelona and was chosen as the best player of those months. Such was the sensation he caused among the technicians of the lower Barça categories, who decided to recruit him in August 2011 for La Masía.

During his four years at Barça (2011-2015), he coincided with another of the names of this start of the season: Ansu Fati. Both were the most outstanding players of the team and the Japanese remembered that stage: "I assisted him and he scored". However, Kubo had to leave Barça due to a sanction imposed by FIFA on Barcelona by skipping, from 2009 to 2013, the Regulations on the Statute and the Transfer of players regarding the hiring of children under 18. After his departure, he signed with the youth team of FC Tokyo and his debut in the Japanese first division with 15 years was the second earliest in history.

A Japanese coach in the lower categories assured AS that it was a mistake to part with Kubo: "He was one of the best players in our base football and surely the best in recent years. A player with a very clear profile for the first team. And the worst thing I know is that it was very culé. It had the blaugrana DNA. An unforgivable mistake ".

The person to whom all eyes were pointed out for the non-signing of Kubo went to Pep Segura. Josep Vives, Barça spokesman, focused on the sports area: "It has been a sporting criterion. The technical part of the club has believed that due to the convenience of the moment and in relation to the quality-price-projection of the player, the decision it has been not to sign him. But the decision has been made based on the same criteria of other players ".

Vicente Moreno, his current coach in Mallorca, highlighted in the previous press conference how special the meeting will be for Kubo: "He spent four years at La Masía, I think he is excited to play in the field of the first team. He has the option of planting the flag of Japan in that stadium ".

Mallorca, which counts all its away matches as defeats, arrives at an impregnable Camp Nou this season and with a club that wants to continue adding three by three in order to become the leader of the next 18D classic. With Kubo as the main incentive, the vermilions seek to storm the Blaugrana fort.

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