The Spanish source note that the Argentine international is already considering what he will do after his playing career comes to an end and is following in the footsteps of the likes of Pep Guardiola and Xavi Hernandez by considering the game tactically and, as Marca imply, considering how he would approach things as a manager.
The South American has yet to decide whether he will embark on a coaching career when he does retire—he’s currently 31—but his potential has already been realised by his current employers.
The midfielder—who has enjoyed a second incarnation as a central defender following Guardiola’s guidance—is under contract until the end of the 2017-18 season.
Mascherano began his career in his homeland with Buenos Aires giants River Plate in 2003, before moving to Corinthians in Brazil two years later.
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He completed a shock move to West Ham United in 2006, before being signed by Liverpool shortly after arriving in the Premier League.
The World Cup finalist didn’t bring home any silverware during his time at Anfield, but has won three Spanish titles, two Champions Leagues and two Club World Cups during his time in Catalonia.