"Cuenca is a welcome reinforcement as we still are active in three competitions and not always steady with our wingers," Ajax coach Frank de Boer said after the 4-0 Dutch cup quarter-final win over Vitesse Arnhem. Barca confirmed the deal in a statement on their website and said Ajax did not have an option to buy the player at the end of his loan stint.
The 25-year-old is alleged to have sought out the former Liverpool defender in the car park following the Copa del Rey clash. According to reports in Spanish newspaper Marca, Messi called Arbeloa 'stupid' during a tirade that left the Madrid player stunned. Messi is also said to have had a bust-up with Real assistant manager Aitor Karanka in the tunnel, shouting: 'What are you looking at? Shut up. You’re just [Jose] Mourinho’s puppet'.
Portuguese club Benefica and Granada CF have come to an agreement over the loan of player Manuel Agudo Duran, ‘Nolito’, who will be with Granada until 30th June 2013. The 26 year old player, previously played three seasons with Barcelona ‘B’, joining the first team in his last year.