Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mascherano coy on future

When asked about his future, Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has refused to commit himself to The Reds.

Argentina captain Mascherano insists he is not aware of any possible offer for him from Spanish clubs.

The untiring midfielder says he is focused on playing well for Rafa Benitez's side, and he has set sights on upsetting Premier League champions Manchester United.

But the former Corinthians star has stated he will see what his options are open to him when the season is over.

“I have no idea if a Spanish team want me,” Mascherano told As.

“I’m just focused on having a good season with Liverpool and then we will see.”

The Reds remain genuine title contenders despite a dip in form in January, and the Argentinian said: “For sure we have been struggling recently, but it’s been in a while since we have been fighting for the title, and at the moment we are second.

“And we still have to play Manchester United. This year we have won the important games.”

The Reds are due to face Real Madrid in the Champions League’s last 16, and the former West Ham ace is aware that Juande Ramos has brought his defensive discipline to the Spanish capital.

He said: “Madrid are Madrid, and they are always hard to beat. The truth is that at the moment we have the same style of football.

“Madrid have improved defensively under Juande and they have become a much more solid side.

“Besides, from the back to the attack they have an excellent squad.

“It’s going to be a very tight knock-out stage, with a narrow result.”

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