Report: Mascherano demands new contract at Barcelona

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It seems that Javier Mascherano may stay at Barcelona after all with reports suggesting he has demanded a contract extension.


The chances of Napoli or Liverpool signing Javier Mascherano seem to be steadily declining and the battling midfielder's future looks ever more likely to be at Barcelona.


Mascherano had reportedly been ready to quit Barcelona over his being used as a central defender rather than his favoured position in midfield.


But the arrival of new boss Luis Enrique and his assertion that Mascherano could be Barcelona's leader seems to have appeased the fiery star.


There had been reports in the Italian press that Napoli were close to agreeing a deal, but that doesn't appear to be the case.


According to Spanish newspaper AS, Mascherano has asked for his contract, which expires in 2016, to be extended until 2018.


The paper believes that Mascherano has been told by Luis Enrique that he will primarily be used in the midfield and now just wants the contract as a sign of good faith.


However, if Barcelona aren't able to agree the personal terms that the 29-year-old wants, he could still walk away this summer.


Napoli have reportedly been progressing with alternative targets such as Maxime Gonalons and it doesn't seem that Liverpool ever made any formal approach to bring Mascherano back.

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