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Gerrard to stay but Mascherano future uncertain
Published : 16 Jul 2010 15:30:31
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has played down talk of captain Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool but the picture concerning Argentina skipper Javier Mascherano is unclear.The pair, who have not begun pre-season training yet, have been linked with moves elsewhere. Gerrard is rumoured to be a target of Real Madrid while Mascherano's agent has claimed Inter Milan are interested in his client.Hodgson said: "I have met with Steven and thought the talks were positive. We are in a situation where we hear our players are being courted by other teams but it is all just rumours."What we haven't had is a club wanting to buy Steven Gerrard. Steven Gerrard is not for sale - I made that clear to him. I told him I supported the club's policy that we don't want to sell our best players and have to start building again."He added: "I have tried to contact Javier. I have left him voice messages and sent him texts but had no reply. To be fair to him, that's not unusual because he's had a tough World Cup and I believe he's gone back to Argentina."It's not always easy to get in touch with people. I have tried to reach him to make clear I am happy to talk with him at his convenience."