FC Barcelona forward Isaac Cuenca (21) completed a loan move to Ajax on Thursday that will see the La Masia youth at the Dutch club until June 30. The left winger had only recently received his medical clearance after an injury that saw him sidelined for eight months.
Jordi Roura helped to inform Tito Vilanova, who remains in New York City, throughout the operation on the final day of the January transfer window, which was primarily carried out through FC Barcelona Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta, Director of Football Raúl Sanllehí, and Ajax Sporting Director Marc Overmars, who wore the blaugrana colors from 2000-2004.
Speculation surrounded the player for much of his recovery as the young Cuenca seemed but surplus following the emergence of Cristian Tello and given the money spent on bringing in Alexis Sanchez from Udinese in the summer of 2011.
Ajax, coached by Frank De Boer, currently sits in third place in the Eredivisie after 20 rounds and 16 more to play. The Amsterdam side sits three points behind Marc van Bommel’s PSV Eindhoven and two behind FC Twente.
Reports also indicated several Spanish clubs were seeking the winger’s services including Valencia, Real Betis, Real Zaragoza and Granada.
Ajax goes into league action this Sunday at VVV Venlo.
We here at totalBarça wish him the best and hope he earns some valuable experience learning the tricks of De Boer’s brand of voetbal.
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