Guardiola: Mascherano will stay at Barca with me
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola singled out Javier Mascherano for
credit after Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao, saying
the Argentine defender would never leave the club as long as he was
Guardiola has converted Mascherano from holding midfielder into
a full-time defender this season with Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal
having suffered long-term injuries.
The former Liverpool player again put in a strong performance
against Athletic and Guardiola says he has become a ”decisive”
and ”unique” player in his squad and he ”wouldn’t trade him for
anybody or ever sell him.”
Guardiola says Mascherano and Gerard Pique were ”immense” on
Saturday as Barcelona stayed within six points of leaders Real
Madrid with eight games to play.