Javier Mascherano could follow Benítez to Inter Milan

By Michael Owen
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(Photo: Ryu Voelkel)

Javier Mascherano has suggested he may be ready to exit the Shankly Gates one last time.

The Argentina captain could follow manager Rafael Benítez to Inter Milan should the Spaniard agree a deal with the Italian club.

Mascherano, who joined Liverpool following an unsuccessful stint at West Ham, has long been rumoured to want out of Anfield with a number of clubs reported to be interested including Spanish champions Barcelona.

But with the Catalan giants focused on their pursuit of Cesc Fàbregas from Arsenal, the Liverpool midfielder may have to look elsewhere for a move away from Merseyside with Inter Milan looking one of the most viable options.

When asked about his future the 25-year-old refused to rule out following his former boss and backed him to get the Inter job.

“Only Benítez could take the place of a coach like Mourinho,” said the Argentina international.

“He is a great coach. He has charisma, personality, a winning mentality.

“Moreover, he will find himself brilliantly in Italy because of the tactical game. Rafa studies everything on the table and directs the team from the bench like a orchestra conductor.

“Inter have made a good choice. After Mourinho, he is the only man capable of continuing Inter’s winning run.

“Would I follow Benítez? I don’t know. At the moment I really know little about my future.

“But of course with Benítez at Liverpool I experienced three incredible years. His football is my football.”

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