Barcelona youngster wants to extend Ajax stay

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Barcelona youngster Isaac Cuenca hopes to return to Ajax again next season and continue his development away from Camp Nou, reports Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old midfielder has seen his progress hampered in Holland after picking up a string of injuries, limiting the Spaniard to just five appearances for Frank de Boer's side in 2012/13.

Cuenca made his first-team return in the 2-0 victory over NAC Breda at the weekend, maintaining Ajax's four-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie table.

And, with just two league games remaining, the capital club can secure the domestic title with another win over Willem II on Sunday.

"I want to stay another year at Ajax," Cuenca told De Telegraaf. "FC Barcelona know what I want and the clubs are talking about it, because relationships are good, I trust that I stay.

"Because of my injury I can not play much, but next season I want to be important. I have had fun with Ajax, feel comfortable and their style of play resembles that of Barca.

"I think it's good for my development - it is a year to train under Frank de Boer and play."

De Boer himself spent four years in Spain with Barcelona, playing alongside his brother Ronald, and so has a good relationship with club officials in the negotiating of Cuenca's future at the Amsterdam Arena.

Despite the player's problematic knee injuries, there is no doubting Cuenca's ability - check out this video of him showcasing his ball juggling skills in Ajax training last week!


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