Benitez will not even consider offers for the Argentine!
Rafa Benitez dug his heels in last night over want-away Liverpool midfielders Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso.
Showdown talks are planned between Benitez and Mascherano when the Argentine reports back for pre-season training with the Reds in the next 48 hours.
Mascherano was given time off after becoming a father for the second time at the weekend and will miss tonight’s friendly fixture with Swiss side St Gallen.
However, Liverpool boss Benitez will demand the 25-year-old gives up on a move to Barcelona and commits his future to the Anfield club when they finally meet face to face.
The Source: (Daily Star)
There are no parallels to be drawn between Javier Mascherano’s situation and that of fellow Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. Xabi has some genuine gripes with Rafa, mostly relating to the manager trying to offload his last summer but the Argentine is not really in a position to feel aggrieved and is simply trying to get himself to the Nou Camp and Rafa is right to dig his heels in on this one.
Javier has been offered a huge pay rise so if his agents attempts to force a move to Spain were simply a ruse to up his clients wage packet then that has worked but if he is really angling to get a big money move to Barcelona then he is going to be dissappointed.
The former West Ham man should remember that he was saved from oblivion when Benitez bought out his contract from that slug agent Kia Joorabchian so its time he repaid that debt by showing some loyalty.
Mascherano to Barcelona: Rafa will simply not allow it to happen!