Anfield midfielder will have little or no chance of first team football at the Nou Camp.
Javier Mascherano: Barcelona move a dream come true
Javier Mascherano has described his move to Barcelona as a “dream” after arriving in the city to complete his £22 million switch to the Spanish champions.
“It is a dream because of the team Barcelona have, because of all they have achieved in recent years and because Lionel Messi and Gabriel Milito have told me that this is a great squad of players and people,” he said.
Mascherano, who first asked to leave Anfield for personal reasons more than a year ago, has agreed terms on a four-year deal worth around £90,000 a week. He flew into Barcelona on Saturday morning and will undergo a medical on Monday. (Telegraph)
Without wishing to pillory Javier for engineering an Anfield exit, he knows what he has done was very unprofessional, I would be very surprised if the Argentine gets a regular spot in the Barcelona starting eleven. If you take a look at the Nou Camp midfield it is pretty much jam packed with talents and quite how he fits in is beyond me.
Pepe Guardiola’s first team will always have Xavi and Andres Iniesta as the first names selected and then as a defensive midfielder he has regular selected Sergio Busquets ever since he broke onto the scene at the Catalan giants the season before last. Now rather than becoming less of an obvious choice to start, Busquets has just won the World Cup with Spain, playing every game of the competition, so where the hell will Javier fit in?
The Barca boss isn’t going to change his formation, he always plays with a 4-3-3 formation and will naturally opt for having David Villa up front with Pedro on the left and Messi on the right. The move by Mascherano will surely blow up in his face.
Once he made it clear he wanted to leave we had no choice but to sell and I am glad we did as the finances from the move helped us land a pretty solid midfielder in Raul Meireles.