Two days before a trip to Paris for the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League against PSG (Wednesday at 9 p.m.), Real Sociedad has formalized the extension of its diamond, Takefusa Kubo. The Japanese winger will return to Real Madrid this week after playing in the Asian Nations Cup with Japan.
At the dawn of a clash against PSG, in the Champions League, which could decide its European future, Real Sociedad has armored its best asset. Japanese striker Takefusa Kubo extended his contract on Monday until 2029, the Basque club announced on Monday in a press release.
The 22-year-old Japanese phenomenon “signed his new contract, thus realizing the desire of both parties to continue to grow hand in hand,” writes Real Sociedad.
A great mark of confidence in the man nicknamed “the Japanese Messi”, who has become the main offensive weapon of the Basque team who surely wanted to strengthen their jewel before bigger clubs wanted to recruit him.
Centerpiece of Imanol Alguacil’s system
Sparkling since the start of the season, “Take” Kubo, who notably played for FC Barcelona and Real Madrid without succeeding in establishing himself there, has been considered since a young age as a great hope for Asian football.
He joined Real Sociedad, which he now considers “his home”, in the summer of 2022 and quickly established himself as a starter, in a squad composed mainly of Basque players.
The centerpiece of coach Imanol Alguacil’s system, which brought Real back to the Champions League for the first time since 2013, Kubo has played 71 matches in all competitions since his arrival, scoring 15 goals and providing 8 assists.
Having left for Qatar in January to play in the Asian Nations Cup, like PSG’s Korean Kang-In Lee, Take Kubo should be able to play in the round of 16 first leg against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday (9 p.m. ), the Japanese having been eliminated in the quarter-finals by Iran. Japan, titled four times (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011), was the big favorite of the competition. But it was the organizing country, Qatar, which won.
The Japanese winger played his first match since his return to Spain this weekend, against Osasuna, playing the entire match he started as a starter.