Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Benedito denies talks with Mascherano

In a comment on social networking website Facebook, Barcelona presidential candidate Agustí Benedito has denied that he has been in contact with Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano (25): "It has been published that we are talking with Mascherano. This is not true. I will not enter this game. I've denied the news as soon as I've heard about it. I hope this won't happen again."

British tabloid News Of The World claimed last weekend that Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez fears that Mascherano will be used by candidates to attract votes in Barcelona's presidential elections next year, with Benedito and Sandro Rossell reportedly planning to make the signing of the Argentinian a key election promise. The Spanish coach would therefore hope to renew the contract of Mascherano, that expires in 2012, as soon as possible.

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