Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mascherano edges closer to new deal

Javier Mascherano, whose current contract still has nearly two years to run, looks like following in the footsteps of Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt and Daniel Agger by extending his stay at Anfield.

Maschernoa, a target for Barcelona last summer, has become a key man for the Reds and Liverpool are keen to tie him to a new long-term contract to prevent another close season of speculation, especially in a World Cup year.

Spain goalkeeper Jose Reina will sign his new deal in the next three weeks and Rafa Benitez says of the plans to keep Mascherano on board for the long term: “We were talking, progressing and we're closer now. Still we need to talk a little bit but we are closer.

"It would be very important for the club. We have some important players with some years left on their contracts and this could be another one. It's very important that we're keeping the spine of the team.

"Every fan knows he's a very important player for us, a key player who's good for team spirit. He's an example for a lot of players. He shows every game his commitment, desire and passion.

“He has great character, but he can also play. He's a player every manager would like to have in their team."

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