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Javier Mascherano i Sandro Rosell. FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

Javier Mascherano has renewed his contract with FC Barcelona until June 30, 2012, and the buyout clause has been raised to 100 million euros . He signed the papers at midday today in the Club offices in the presence of his agent, as well as 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 “I 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”. Mascherano isn’t thinking of his retirement quite yet, but when his new contract ends he’ll be 32. Ending his playing days in a Barcelona shirt now, he says “depends on me and how I perform as a footballer”.

Optimism for next season

Mascherano says that regarding the season that is just starting, “we have high hopes. We’re working very hard.” As for the presence of a new manager in Tito Vilanova, he observes that “the methods haven’t changed at all. The leader is now Tito Vilanova and he will 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”. 

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