Takefusa Kubo

Real Madrid have won the race to sign Japanese sensation Takefusa Kubo, with the youngster agreeing a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu having previously spent time with Barcelona.

Having celebrated his 18th birthday on June 4, the youngster will now head to Madrid where he will play for Los Blancos’ Castilla reserve side.

A spell at Barca was previously cut short after they were found to have breached regulations regarding the acquisition of players under the age of 18.

He had been in Catalunya since August 2011, but headed home in March 2015 to join up with FC Tokyo.

Kubo had been highly-regarded during his spell at the famed La Masia academy system, with his outings for Barca’s youth teams earning him a billing as ‘the Japanese Messi’.

Those at Camp Nou had been hoping to be the ones to benefit from his obvious potential, but he has now linked up with their Clasico rivals.

Real Madrid said in a statement on their official website: “Takefusa Kubo will come in to strengthen the Castilla ranks next season.”