Takefusa Kubo has signed a new long-term contract with Real Sociedad.
Real Sociedad announced on the club’s official website on Wednesday that “Sociedad and Kubo have agreed to extend his contract until the end of the 2028-29 season. Kubo and President Hokin Aperivai have signed a new contract that fulfills both parties’ desire to continue growing together,” the club announced.
Kubo, a Japanese national, is considered a top talent. He usually plays as a winger or in an attacking midfield position. He grew up in Barcelona with Lee Seung-woo, Baek Seung-ho, and Jang Heung-hee. As a native of La Masia, his kicks are accurate and he is also strong in bursts and dribbling. His weakness is his lack of physicality, but as he grew up, he gradually reduced his ups and downs.
After leaving Barcelona, he gained experience playing in the Japanese J-League. Kubo”s talent blossomed and Real Madrid took notice. It seemed like a successful return to Europe, but the competition was not easy.
He was sent out on loan. He spent a year in Mallorca, where he scored four goals and provided four assists in five league games. He then had spells with Villarreal and Getafe before returning to Mallorca for the 2021-22 season, where he teamed up with Lee Kang-in.
Before last season, Sociedad expressed interest in signing Kubo. Kubo agreed. Kubo completed the move for a transfer fee of €6 million and a five-year 토토 contract. At Sociedad, Kubo’s career blossomed. In 44 appearances in all competitions, he scored nine goals and provided nine assists, making him the most prolific Asian player in La Liga.
This season has been particularly spectacular. With six goals and four assists in 27 games, he was named Player of the Month in September and established himself as Sociedad’s ace. Big clubs are starting to take notice. Manchester United, Manchester City, and Napoli were linked to him, while Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal also made an offer. Liverpool were particularly interested.
But in the end, he chose to stay with Sociedad for the long term. His contract runs until 2029. Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reported that Kubo’s new contract includes a salary increase and also retains a buyout clause of €60 million set for 2022.