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Rafa: Mascherano not for sale

10 Jun 2009 - 11:52:53

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has warned potential bidders that midfielder Javier Mascherano is not for sale at any price.

The 25-year-old Argentina international has been linked with Barcelona in recent days, but Benitez is in no mood to part with one of his key players.

He told the club's official website: "Mascherano has no price. Barcelona could not afford to match his value to Liverpool Football Club.

"We do not want to sell and Javier is very happy here.

"I have spoken to Javier two or three times this summer - the last time was only last week - and he was very happy, very positive.

"He gave me the private number of his agent, Walter Tamer, and again the conversation was very positive and was all about football.

"Walter told me that two clubs with big, big names were asking after Mascherano and I told him to forget it, that Javier was happy in Liverpool and he was not for sale.

"He has a long contract and any club can forget about bidding for him. They can offer £40million or even £50million, we don't want to sell."

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