Friday November 1 2013
Mascherano 'snubs' Napoli idea

Javier Mascherano says he’s in regular contact with Napoli boss Rafael Benitez, but he’s happy to continue his career at Barcelona.

The Argentine, a midfielder who has been converted into a centre-back, has again recently been paired with a possible move to the Stadio San Paolo.

“I always talk with him,” the former Liverpool man told El Grafico in an interview this week. “Before signing for Barcelona I came close to joining Benitez at Inter.

“Would I now join him at Napoli? I’m fine here and he knows that…”

The 29-year-old is now working under the orders of Tata Martino, a fellow Argentine.

“Martino is a serious Coach, who likes to work and who does not look for difficulties,” added the international.

“At first I was shocked that Barcelona hired him, not for his ability, but because it is not common for a South American Coach to come in at a big European team.”

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