09 November 2007

Liverpool eager to secure Javier Mascherano

Javier when he was in a team who didn't know how to utilise his skill. Pity them!

by Tony Barrett, Liverpool Echo

RAFA BENITEZ today told of his desire to keep Javier Mascherano at Anfield.
The Argentinian midfield general is currently halfway through an 18 month loan deal but the Liverpool manager is keen to see the deal made permanent.
Mascherano has established himself as a key member of Benitez's squad thanks to a string of magnificent performances and the Reds boss does not want to see him go elsewhere.
Although Barcelona are keen to sign the 23-year-old Liverpool are well placed to conclude a permanent transfer with Mascherano having informed Media Sports Investment - the company which holds his economic rights - that he wants to remain at Anfield and does not even wish to consider going elsewhere.
The ball is now well and truly in Liverpool's court and the club now has to agree a fee with MSI and a contract with the player himself for a permanent deal to be secured.
Benitez said: "Mascherano wants to stay, he is very happy here.
"He is a key player for us and I have been talking with him and he is really pleased to be at Liverpool.
"His family are settled here and his wife is learning English and he is very comfortable here.
"Javier also knows that the supporters like him and I think if everything is okay he will stay with us.
"We are happy with him so it would be good for everyone if he stayed at Liverpool."
Representatives of Barcelona have informed MSI that the Spanish giants want to take Mascherano to the Nou Camp when his loan deal with Liverpool expires at the end of this season but, under the terms of the loan, Liverpool can make the deal permanent by buying him outright for a fee in the region of £17 million before June 30 next year.

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