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Mascherano non-committal on Liverpool future

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano
Mascherano has established himself as a crucial part of Liverpool's midfield

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano would not be drawn on his future at Anfield following Wednesday's 2-1 defeat by Fiorentina.

Reds boss Rafael Benitez recently claimed talks to extend the Argentine's contract had been "very positive".

But Mascherano, whose side failed to reach the last 16 of the Champions League, was non-committal.

"I just talk about football - not about contracts or money," said the 25-year-old, who has been linked to Barcelona.

Reports over the summer, hinting that the Argentina captain was keen to move to a Spanish-speaking country for family reasons, sparked rumours of a move to the Nou Camp.

In response, Benitez said an offer of £50m would not be enough to sign a player who initially joined on loan after a spell with West Ham and then cost £18m when his contract was bought from Media Sports Investments.


Mascherano has two years remaining on his Liverpool deal but speculation over his future has persisted during a season in which Liverpool's have suffered a Champions League group stage exit and slipped to eighth in the Premier League.

Benitez insisted over the weekend that Mascherano was happy and that negotiations were ongoing but, speaking after the loss to Fiorentina, the player stated: "I am playing for Liverpool.

"I am a Liverpool player and, like the manager says, I have two more years on my contract so I think I don't have to say anything else.

"I play for Liverpool and will continue playing and trying to give my best."

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see also
Benitez eyes fresh start for Reds
10 Dec 09 |  Liverpool
Liverpool 1-2 Fiorentina
09 Dec 09 |  Europe
Mascherano deal talks 'positive'
06 Dec 09 |  Liverpool
Mascherano dismisses exit rumours
11 May 09 |  Liverpool
Mascherano 'will stay' at Anfield
06 Dec 07 |  Liverpool
Mascherano free to join Liverpool
20 Feb 07 |  Liverpool

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