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Hodgson: No bids for Mascherano

20 Jul 2010 - 14:05:36

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has dismissed suggestions of a rift with Javier Mascherano and insists he has not received any bids for the Argentina midfielder.

Mascherano has been linked with a summer switch to Internazionale where he would be reunited with former Reds boss Rafael Benitez.

Recent reports had claimed that Mascherano was refusing to return the calls of Hodgson during a post-World Cup break as he was holding out for a move to Serie A.

However, Hodgson, who replaced Benitez in the Anfield hot-seat last month, claims that talk of an impending transfer is "pure speculation".

"The speculation about him leaving continues, but I must also put the record straight and say that as yet it is pure speculation because we have heard nothing from Inter and heard nothing other than he will come back and work with us," he told talkSPORT.

"To be honest, if you're a player and a new manager comes in, you don't have a lot to say to him.

"We'll have plenty to talk about when we start working together - we don't necessarily (need to) have lots of small talk over the telephone.

"I am disappointed it's been flagged up as he's let me or the club down in some way. I don't see it that way at all.

"That's been exaggerated and it's good to have a chance to put the record straight. I left a voice message. Obviously I wanted to congratulate him on the World Cup that he had, to say I was really looking forward to seeing him again and wish him a good holiday.

"I remember actually saying, 'Don't feel as though you have got to ring back.

"As far as I'm concerned, it's just important for you to know I am trying to contact you and I am counting on you.'"


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