Real Madrid will reportedly monitor the performances of the 21-year-old Japanese winger Takefusa Kubo at the World Cup.

According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Real Madrid will track the progress of Takefusa Kubo at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The 21-year-old winger is representing Japan in Qatar and currently plies his trade for La Liga rival Real Sociedad.

Takefusa Kubo has endured a topsy-turvy ride since returning to Spain over three years ago. The young winger, who previously turned out for Barcelona’s famed academy La Masia joined Real Madrid from FC Tokyo in July 2019. But he failed to establish a foothold at Real Madrid and embarked on several loan spells.

The 21-year-old saw his stint with Los Blancos end this past summer as he moved across La Liga to Real Sociedad. And Kubo has turned out 17 times thus far for La Real while chipping in with two goals and four assists. So the Japanese international remains on Real Madrid’s radar, and the Merengues will monitor his performances at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Real Madrid could not keep Kubo in the first-team squad earlier this year because the three non-EU spots were not vacant. But Eder Militao, Vinicius Junior, and Rodrygo Goes have now obtained dual citizenship, thus opening the slots. So the 21-year-old might have a future at Real Madrid if he makes swift progress at Real Sociedad.

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With Eden Hazard’s future up in the air amid links with Premier League clubsLos Blancos might have to invest in a wide attacker. In addition, Marco Asensio is in the final few months of his deal and has yet to pen a new contract. Several wide attackers, including Bukayo Saka, have thus emerged on Real Madrid’s radar.

Kubo still has not shown the levels to flourish at Real Madrid. But owning 50 per cent of his rights means the Merengues have a viable cost-effective offensive solution to consider in future. To begin with, the reigning La Liga champions are set to track his performances at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The 21-year-old turned out for Japan in the 2-1 win over Germany on Wednesday. And positive displays in Qatar might compel Real Madrid to consider re-signing Kubo from La Liga rival Real Sociedad. It will be interesting to see if the young winger becomes a target for Los Blancos.

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