Javier Mascherano Refuses To Rule Out Barcelona Exit

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The Argentine midfielder is reportedly considering his options following Gerardo Martino’s arrival at the Nou Camp.

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Javier Mascherano has said that he isn’t sure whether he will be staying at Barcelona this summer, with the midfielder reportedly considering his options following the appointment of Gerardo Martino as the clubs new manager, Sky Sports reports.

The Argentine has been linked with a move back to former club Liverpool, where he enjoyed three and half productive years while former Reds manager Rafa Benitez is also keen on bringing the midfielder to his new club, Napoli.

Mascherano isn’t ruling out the possibility of leaving the Nou Camp and would be willing to leave Barcelona if he was told that he is surplus to requirements.

Mascherano told El Pais: “You never know. In football, you have to be prepared for anything”.

“There were calls from somewhere else, but no offers”.

“There are always doubts. You are at Barcelona and you have to fight for your place”.

“The question is whether you now fight in the same circumstances, as I have always had to win my starting place throughout my career. It’s as it should be”.

“If Barca tell me they don’t need me, I will be off within a minute.”

During his time at Barcelona, Mascherano has often been played out position, sometimes partnering Gerard Pique in central defence.

He hasn’t been able to break into Barcelona’s midfield and may like the opportunity of playing in his favourite central midfield position before next summer’s World Cup.

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