Real Madrid wonder-kid Takefusa Kubo has expressed his desire to become one of the best players in the world and a loan spell at Celtic could help him get there, speaking to France Football.
Given that the legendary Andres Iniesta has won pretty much everything football has to offer, conquering the continent alongside Lionel Messi, Xavi, Thierry Henry, Fernando Torres and more, he is well placed to pass judgement on a 19-year-old with the world at his feet.
“We’re talking about a player with immense talent and a great future ahead of him,” Iniesta told AS .
“He is one of the most gifted players in the world right now and I’m not surprised he’s with a big club.”
Unfortunately for Barcelona, however, one of the most exciting teenage talents on the planet will not be following in Iniesta’s floating footsteps at the Camp Nou.
The Catalan Kings were forced to let a 15-year-old Kubo return to his native Japan after being found guilty of breaching FIFA regulations.
And, after a few seasons back home in Eastern Asia, Kubo returned to Spanish soil – with Barca’s bitter rivals Real Madrid, no less.
With Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes, Martin Odegaard, Lucas Vazquez, James Rodriguez, Eden Hazard and more all at Zinedine Zidane’s disposal, Kubo looks set to be loaned out again after a series of mesmerising, often Messi-esque performances during a spell at Real Mallorca in 2018/19.
According to AS in June, Celtic could be his destination with the Hoops battling Ajax, Lazio and co for his signature.
“My dream has always been to be one of the best players and I will not stop working to achieve it,” Kubo says as speculation rages around him.
“I’ve always said my goal was to play for Real Madrid. For this, I work and do my best.
“I like to receive the ball between the lines or in the middle of the pitch, then play one-on-one and, finally, to be decisive (in the final third). My dribbling technique is what I’ve learned from playing football so far, and since I have many years ahead of me, I have a lot of room for improvement.
“When I was little, I played football a lot – from eight in the morning until nightfall. I did not get tired. I play football with the sole intention of improving myself.”
Virgil van Dijk, Odsonne Edouard, Moussa Dembele and more have all been set on the pathway to stardom by Celtic in recent years.
And Kubo, should he move to Parkhead, would hone bloodthirsty desire to win which would undoubtedly bode well for his future at Real Madrid.