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Midfielder Javier Mascherano demands Liverpool exit

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Mascherano wants to leave Liverpool - Hodgson

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed midfielder Javier Mascherano wants to leave the Anfield club.

The Argentina international, 26, has been linked with a move to Italian side Inter Milan and a reunion with former Reds boss Rafael Benitez all summer.

And, following his return to training on Monday after a post-World Cup break, he has told Hodgson he wants to leave.

"He wants to leave the club, he made that perfectly clear. I think he wanted to leave a year ago," said Hodgson.

"He wants to leave now but he has a contract (that runs until 2012) and I expect him to honour that contract.

"The mere fact that the player is a little bit unhappy with his situation and would prefer to leave does not necessarily mean that he will do. It disappoints me but it is not unusual.

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"I think in every club throughout the world there are players playing in the team who would prefer to leave. Some are allowed to, some are not allowed to. Mascherano is a Liverpool player with two years on his contract.

"I expect him to be a Liverpool player until the day the club chooses to accept an offer for him."

Mascherano's return to training at Melwood this week followed an extended break granted to him and Liverpool's other World Cup stars.

During that break, Hodgson failed with several attempts to contact the midfielder by phone, the 62-year-old able only to leave messages for Mascherano telling him he was looking forward to meeting him back on Merseyside as his calls went unreturned.

Mascherano, who has two years to run on a four-year contract, has made 138 appearances for Liverpool since arriving from West Ham United in 2007.

He had been close to agreeing terms on an extended Liverpool deal as recently as March, but Benitez's departure for Serie A appears to have put paid to that - and the pair could yet be reunited in Italy if reports are to be believed.



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