Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Mascherano is not for sale declares Benitez

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has responded to comments made by Javier Mascherano’s agent Walter Tamer, who yesterday proclaimed: “It is an honour for Javier that a club like Barca to pay such close attention to him. I believe that a transfer would be feasible. If Barca really want him, he will sign for them.” Clearly this statement was bound to draw an immediate response from the Liverpool boss who cut short a family holiday to make it clear the midfielder was not for sale.

Speaking in today’s Telegraph, Benitez declared: "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. So I was surprised to see the agent's comments today. He has a long contract and any club can forget about bidding for him. They can offer £40m or even £50m, we don't want to sell."

As stated in yesterday’s Mascherano story, I’m convinced this is nothing more then a blatant attempt to wrestle an improved wage out of the club for the player, which the agent will no doubt earn a commission from.

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