Who is the Japanese Pipi, the youth that Zidane has mentioned?

This has not been just any Monday in Valdebebas. The reason, a most significant step for a boy in whom Real Madrid have placed high hopes, Takuhiro Nakai (Siga, Japan, 10-24-2003). Known as Pee, the Japanese midfielder, only 16 years old, trained today with the first team, summoned by Zidane during the weekend.

That jump of Pipi, admirer of his brother Akito, his compatriot Take Kubo and Modric, talks about the progression of a player who arrived at La Fábrica in 2014, with ten years. He stood out in a Madrid clinic in his country to the point that he was proposed to travel to Spain to do a test. The result could not be better, because since then he has been climbing through the different Valdebebas teams to become one of the greatest promises of the base. On October 8 it was included by The Guardian on his list of 60 talents from the generation of 2003.

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Pipi, in the background, in training this Monday with Real Madrid.

His evolution has not been easy, one of the keys to understanding how Pipi has forged himself on a footballing and personal level. In the beginning he was the smallest of the squad, which penalized him despite his great quality. That caused him not to be the undisputed starter, which made him double his efforts. In this way he grew until he found his place, always in the category that corresponded to him by age until now: in Madrid they foresee that, although it is his turn to join Youth B (as stated on the club's website), he alternates with A, that receives many looks during the Youth League dispute, and even appears for Castilla.

Pipi, very much like Raúl for his Castilla

In fact, In recent weeks he has already reinforced Raúl's men on three occasions. Pipi is drawing a lot of attention from the subsidiary coach, who values ​​him, in addition to his technical qualities, his humility, his predisposition to learn and the dedication with which he runs backwards and puts his leg in. Of a privileged ability (don't miss your videos on Youtube or this one from ASTV against Barça to get an idea) and with that facing vocation so extinct today, his typical position is that of playmaker, where he acted until Cadet A. Then he has been habitual more retarded, middle center, although Raúl, because of his style, has even tried him in band, trying to empower your one on one.

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Pee, what At the age of 15 he played a tournament in France with the inferiors of Japan, he arrived in Madrid accompanied by his mother and sister, recently joining another of his brothers. The testimony of his mother was key to reducing the sanction to the club for alleged irregularities around the incorporation of minors, since it showed that the boy had always been accompanied. The family feels identified with Madridismo and with life in the capital. In September, as he announced on his Instagram, he signed for the Stellar Group agency (the same as Bale), with very good connections throughout the European market. In 2022 its formative stage will end, so It is expected that from January 2021 the pillars of his first major contract will be installed, with Castilla. At the moment, today it has been released in a session with the first team.