Javier Mascherano reveals those ‘lies’ he was talking about

*does best Fonzie impression*


During his unveiling as Barcelona‘s new £17.25m signing earlier this week, midfield tough-nut Javier Mascherano promised to deliver a few home-truths about his time at Liverpool. Technically, he hasn’t let us down.

The 26-year-old says reports he wanted out of England because his family couldn’t settle on Merseyside were, in fact, made up by the club… although we could’ve sworn we heard it straight from the horse’s mouth. Anyway, Mirror Football has the quotes:

When they started to involve my family and to say things that didn’t make sense, I obviously suffered

Monster Masch also claimed Liverpool went back on a gentleman’s agreement made last summer ruling he would stay at Anfield for one last season before being allowed to move on for a suitable fee. Which is basically what has happened, right? Seriously, are we missing something?:

They’d promised me something for a whole year and they never fulfilled their promise. And that didn’t have anything to do with my family or anything else. When you read or hear lies, you obviously get angry.

He did have some nice things to say about Rafa Benitez though:

Rafa taught me tactics. He’s one of the coaches who have taught me the most in my career and I’m very grateful to him. He was fundamental. He gave me the chance to join Liverpool. He had confidence in me at a time when, perhaps, nobody would have dreamed of giving me an opportunity.

I’ll be grateful to him all my life.

Heartwarming. The Spoiler wouldn’t have minded some actual revelations, though, rather than a few confusing statements interspersed by things we already knew.

2 responses so far
  • Omar // September 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I’m pretty sure ‘they’ – i.e. Liverpool – didn’t start to involve the family. It was the media if anything. Lost a lot of respect for him over this deal. Would be curious to here his take on refusing to play against City.

  • Devlin // September 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Give it two seasons and he’ll be at Birmingham, you mark my words.

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