The good times have long departed Anfield and now, in its wake, Liverpool’s personnel seem to be racing like unmanned locomotives to pastures new. First, it was rumoured that Steven Gerrard may have bought a ticket to Madrid and now it appears that Javier Mascherano may be travelling towards the Mediterranean this summer to meet with his former boss who departed for Milan a month ago.
Enquiries surrounding the 25-year-old South American’s future in Liverpool have been made by Milan’s Nerazzurri and Mascherano has, by failing to refute the speculation during a recent press conference, ostensibly, willingly ambled into Anfield’s departure lounge.
“Would I follow Benitez? I don’t know. At the moment I really know little about my future,” stated the Argentine somewhat indecisively.
But of course with Benitez at Liverpool I experienced three incredible years. His football is my football.”
Open words from a midfielder who obviously has an open mind; his statement doesn’t reveal a certain one-way future to Milan, but it certainly leaves the door open.
It was Mascherano’s agent who first revealed the advances made by this year’s European champions:
“There has already been a first contact with director Marco Branca. We are evaluating the move hard and in the next few days we will have a new meeting to better establish the details of this transfer deal.
“It is no mystery that he is a player liked by Inter and by Benitez. There is nothing concrete at the moment, but we are in the talking phase,” announced Marco Piccioli on an Italian sporting website.
Benitez, meanwhile, will be extremely keen to land his former midfield obstacle as decent options in that position are currently limited. Jose Mourinho’s choice to field the antiquated Javier Zanetti – who will be 37 before the next season begins – in preference to midfield heavy-weight Sulley Muntari throughout the season spoke volumes about Muntari’s potential to become a perennial feature in the Inter line-up. Benitez, then, will be looking to address such a problem by landing Zanetti’s fellow compatriot.
As for Liverpool, fans will be starting to question whether there really is light at the end of this tunnel.
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