Villarreal Coach critical of Japanese loanee
Villarreal are enjoying a fine start to life under Unai Emery as the team compete for a top four place in LaLiga Santander, but that hasn’t been enough for Takefusa Kubo.
The 19-year-old was left out of the squad against Zamora and Levante in the club’s last two outings, having been an unused substitute in the three matches before that amid speculation he could end his loan from Real Madrid early.
“I’m focused on the games and people who have their head here with us,” Emery responded when asked about the speculation about Kubo.
“With all respect to Take, I have to concentrate on Villarreal and the players who want to be here, compete, play, win and wear yellow tomorrow.”
While Kubo could leave the club this month, they have brought in Etienne Capoue from Watford.
“Capoue’s come to play as a pivot [holding midfielder]; he’s a specialist and is coming off a great game in the Copa del Rey,” Emery said of his latest signing.
“There’s the option to start again if he’s good. We have other alternatives which we’ve used, but he’s the specific player to play as a No.6, we’ve brought him for that.”
It was a statement of intent as the former Sevilla boss looks to establish his new club at the top of LaLiga Santander.
“Everything goes back to its natural position, we’re in the European places, we’re hopeful and competing,” Emery stated.
“We want to measure up against the most important teams in the league and we’re there with them.
“From the demands of being close to them, the draws we’ve had have dropped points where we could be better.
“We have a good team, very committed, with players who can make a difference, with young players who can help to dream from what we’re doing on the pitch.”
Emery’s side will next face Celta Vigo after they were stunned by UD Ibiza in a major Copa del Rey upset.