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Mascherano rejects Real Madrid by lfctalk
April 7, 2009, 08:53
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Javier Mascherano has told Real Madrid he has no intention of leaving Liverpool for the Spanish giants, according to The Daily Mail.

The Argentine international captain has been targetted by Real Madrid Presidential candidate Florentino Perez – who has previously been President at the Bernabeu.

The Daily Mail article claims that Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka are lined up to move to Real for £75m and £55m apiece, and Mascherano is seen as the perfect balance to give their side new shape.

However, it is unlikely that both Ronaldo and Kaka will move to Spain, with Chelsea and Manchester City lurking with potential bids for Kaka.

But Mascherano appears unmoved by the project and his mentor Kia Joorabchian says that the Argentina captain is going nowhere, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.

Madrid are also understood to have been knocked back with a quiet approach for Steven Gerrard, who signed a new deal with Liverpool last week.

But they are determined to strengthen the midfield and have Spain internationals Xabi Alonso, also from Liverpool, and Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas on a short list of targets.

Meanwhile, Perez is said to have gone cold on the idea of appointing Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti as the next boss at the Bernabeu, even if it would help to sign Kaka.

Former Spurs coach Juande Ramos is likely to be replaced in the summer, but Perez is said to prefer either Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini or Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger.


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