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Japan's Takefusa Kubo confident Getafe switch can kick-start season


Getafe: Japan international Takefusa Kubo is hoping his mid-season loan move to Getafe will finally kickstart his season in Spain’s La Liga following a frustrating stint with Villarreal.

The highly-rated 19-year-old playmaker left the Yellow Submarine after starting just twice in the league since moving to the Unai Emery-coached club from Real Madrid on loan in the summer.

That lack of regular action saw Kubo pursue another move in the winter transfer window and, after transferring earlier in the month, he made his debut for Getafe last week from the bench in a 3-1 win over Elche.

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“I want to thank all of those who made it possible for me to join this club,” Kubo said. “I did not have the chance to speak much with the coach, but he told me to do what I know how to do.

“I am young and I need minutes…to feel like a footballer. That’s the reason I changed my scene.

“And why Getafe? There are many things, but what I can say is they were interested in me and that gives me confidence and I liked that from the beginning. The truth is I had other offers but I was only thinking about Getafe and here I am.”

Kubo’s impact has already been felt at Getafe with the Japan international involved in both goals following his second half introduction against Elche as he helped Getafe turn a draw into a victory.

“What matters most is the next game,” said Kubo, whose new team take on Huesca on Wednesday in La Liga.

“I was able to play a role in the two goals last week, and that gives me confidence. My main objective is to help the team achieve its goals and in turn, that will help me to grow as a footballer.”

Photo: Getafe

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