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Former Real Madrid prodigy ‘not thinking about’ a future return to the Bernabeu

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Speaking in an interview with MARCA, Real Sociedad and Japan forward Takefusa Kubo has claimed that he is not thinking about returning to his former club Real Madrid at this point.

The 21-year-old, who had previously spent time at Barcelona’s La Masia academy, signed for Real Madrid in 2019, arriving from Tokyo FC.

However, Kubo was shipped off on loan year after year, as he had stints with RCD Mallorca (twice), Villarreal and Getafe before joining Real Sociedad permanently in the summer earlier this year.

But, Los Blancos inserted a future buyback clause for the Japanese international in their agreement with La Real. And recent reports indicate that the Spanish and European champions will be closely following Kubo at the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022.

While Real Madrid may be monitoring the 21-year-old, the winger himself is not thinking about returning to the Santiago Bernabeu at this point.

Furthermore, Kubo claimed that he is very grateful to Real Sociedad for taking a chance with him as that made it possible for him to be at the World Cup.

“Right now I’m a Real Sociedad player and I don’t think about anything else. The coach looks after me very well, and so do my teammates,” Kubo said.

“If it wasn’t for Real [Sociedad], I would have lost my ticket for the World Cup. Now I’m lucky to be called up among the 26 and I thank the Real family. I don’t think about anything else,” he added.

Since joining Sociedad from Real Madrid, Kubo has been a regular for Imanol Alguacil’s side, managing to score two goals and assist four more from 17 matches in all competitions.

Representing Japan at the World Cup, Kubo will come face to face with some of his former Barcelona and Real Madrid teammates as the Asian nation has been drawn in the same group as Spain.

When he asked if he had many friends in the Spanish national team, Kubo replied: “Yes, I do, but I haven’t spoken to anyone so far.”

And when probed to name his favourite players from La Roja, the Japanese opted for Barcelona duo Ansu Fati and Eric Garcia, saying: “I would choose Eric or Ansu because they are my friends.”

Kubo will begin his World Cup campaign today when Japan face Germany. And Real Madrid will likely be keeping a close watch on how the 21-year-old fares.

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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