Aston Villa were interested in signing Real Madrid wonderkid Takefusa Kubo on loan though the Asian sensation is expected to join Villarreal, according to Onda Cero.
While this ageing yet still awesome Real Madrid team is hurtling towards the end of a cycle full of silverware, with Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema all on the wrong side of 30, there is a new generation emerging at the Santiago Bernabau.
In Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Jr, Fede Valverde and Reinier Jesus, some of the most exciting attacking talent in world football are honing their talents in that famous white shirt.
And that’s without mentioning Martin Odegaard and Oscar Rodriguez, two gloriously gifted playmakers who shone out on loan at Real Sociedad and Leganes last season.
They best of the lot, however, could be a diminutive Japanese winger who spent four years breaking records aplenty in Barcelona’s fabled La Masia academy.
A Real Madrid player these days, Kubo made some of La Liga’s most experienced defenders look like confused schoolboys during a series of mesmerising performances on loan at Mallorca in 2019/20.
And, thanks to RFEF regulations which limit the amount of non-EU players a single club can have at one time, the Japan international is destined to spend another year away from Real Madrid.
According to Onda Cero, Aston Villa are one of the many clubs interested in a player who, according to Spain great Andres Iniesta, has ‘immense talent’ in his twinkling toes.
Perhaps Villa see Kubo as a replacement, albeit a short-term one, for their much-coveted captain Jack Grealish.
Yet, as AS point out, Villarreal are set to win the race after coming to an agreement with Real. Aston Villa, not to mention Ajax, Dortmund PSG, Celtic and more, are set to miss out.