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Mascherano renews his contract with FC Barcelona until 2016

Barça’s Argentine star is hugely grateful to the Catalan club for extending his contract until June 30, 2016. Mascherano will be 32 years old when his contract ends and feels that seeing out his career as a Barça player is in his own hands. “It depends on me and how I perform as a footballer” he said. The buyout clause has been raised to 100 million euros.

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31 July 2012 06:44 PM

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Barcelona (FCB).- Javier Mascherano has renewed his contract with FC Barcelona until June 30, 2016. The buyout clause has been raised to 100 million euros. He signed the papers at Tuesday noon in FC Barcelona\u2019s offices, in the presence of his agent, as well as the Catalan club\u2019s president Sandro Rosell, vice president for sport Josep Maria Bartomeu and director of football Andoni Zubizarreta.


Happy to stay

The Argentine midfielder, who has also done a fantastic job in defence since joining FC Barcelona, said afterwards that \u201CI am very happy that a club as big as this has offered to extend my contract and I can feel relaxed that as long as I do things well, I can stay here for many more years\u201D. Mascherano isn\u2019t thinking of his retirement quite yet, but when his new contract ends he\u2019ll be 32. Ending his playing days in a Barcelona shirt now, he says \u201Cdepends on me and how I perform as a footballer\u201D.

Optimism for next season

Mascherano says that regarding the season that is just starting, \u201Cwe have high hopes. We\u2019re working very hard.\u201D As for the presence of a new manager in Tito Vilanova, he observes that \u201Cthe methods haven\u2019t changed at all\u201D. The team\u2019s leader is now Tito Vilanova and Mascherano \u201Cwill try to adapt his footballing tastes to the team, but the important thing is that in most ways, it will be much the same as ever\u201D. 

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  • Javier Mascherano and Sandro Rosell signing the player's new contract (by FC Barcelona)

  • Javier Mascherano and Sandro Rosell signing the player's new contract (by FC Barcelona)