Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mascherano not going anywhere assures Rafa

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez warned Barcelona that Javier Mascherano is not for sale - at any price.
The 25-year-old is said to be keen on a move to the Spanish giants.

But Benitez has dismissed the the claims, insisting Mascherano is happy at Anfield.

He said: “Mascherano has no price.

“Barcelona could not afford to match his value to Liverpool Football Club.

“We do not want to sell and Javier is very happy here.

“I have spoken to Javier two or three times this summer - the last time was only last week - and he was very happy, very positive."

Speculation grew after his agent Walter Tamer was quoted as saying Mascherano would welcome a move to the Nou Camp and that a transfer was feasible.

But Benitez has told Tamer that any offers for the midfielder would be ignored.

He added: “Walter told me that two clubs with big, big names were asking after Mascherano - and I told him to forget it, that Javier was happy in Liverpool and he was not for sale.

“So I was surprised to see the agent’s comments today.

“He has a long contract and any club can forget about bidding for him. They can offer £40m or even £50m, we don’t want to sell.”

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