Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Mascherano won't join Barcelona this summer

Asked about the rumours linking Liverpool defensive midfielder and Argentine international Javier Mascherano (25) with a move to Barcelona (read more here), Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez has said at a press conference that the player will definitely stay:

"Javier knows he is staying. He has accepted his future is here and that he is going to be a key player for us once more. Mascherano is now fully focused on us and what we might achieve together this season, I can guarantee that 100 per cent. We've spoken about his situation before and we spoke again. Before, it was difficult and he could see Xabi Alonso was on his way.

Now he has seen Alonso go and so he knows he must stay. He knows he is staying and is clear about that in his own mind, and he is ready to show a lead to the rest of the players. He realises he is a very, very important player for us. He is a key player, he knows he has to be an example and he is ready. There has been a significant improvement in his game over the past ten days. He has been a lot more focused, and we are seeing the real Javier Mascherano again."

Read more:
Mascherano, Chygrynskiy, Mata: Two out of three
Txiki on Cesc, Mascherano and Chygrynskiy
Mascherano is in Barcelona


refter said...

Chygrynskiy probably gone, Mascherano gone, Cesc very difficult. Let's see what the next three weeks will bring. Guess you can't predict things. I'd say they will loan someone.

barca4life said...

Sounds like benitez is trying to convince himself more than us that mascherano is happy. Since when is it a good thing to have footballers accept their fate? Cant be good for team morale

Harvey said...

Damn. He would have been the perfect partner for Yaya in defensive midfield with Xavi in front and Iniesta moved to the wing. I doubt we'll get Cesc seeing as though Arsenal have already lost Kolo and Adebayor without any concrete replacements. I just hope Txiki is planning a few surprise signings!

thebackseatstrangler said...

we can't even get lame ass poulsen anymore w/juventus selling zanetti to fiorentina.

i'm still on the hernanes bandwagon from last year. can't think of a great dm on the market to relieve either toure or busquets of their defensive duties.

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