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Mascherano set to quit Reds
27 Jul 2010 - 07:31:22
Javier Mascherano has reportedly told Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson of his desire to leave Anfield.
The Argentina captain has been strongly linked with a move to Internazionale, where he would be reunited with former Reds boss Rafael Benitez.
Mascherano has been unsettled on Merseyside following a recent lack of success on the pitch.
The 26-year-old midfielder's future, alongside that of captain Steven Gerrard and star striker Fernando Torres, has been the subject of intense speculation.
But while the latter pair seem set to stay at Anfield this summer, Mascherano is reported to have told Hodgson of his wish to move on.
Speaking earlier in the month, the new Reds boss played down suggestions of a rift with Mascherano, who has was struggling to contact during a post-World Cup break.
"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 said.
Mascherano joined the Reds following an ill-fated spell at West Ham United in January 2007.
He has gone on to become one of the most effective defensive midfielder in European football during his time on Merseyside.
Mascherano, who captained his country at the recent World Cup, has made 135 appearances for the Reds.