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Barcelona Player Not Ruling Out Premier League Return

Javier Mascherano, the former Liverpool player who moved to Barcelona in 2010, is not dismissing the possibility of a return to the Premier League.

The 31-year-old, who pleaded guilty last year to defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of over €1.5m, was speaking to The Independent, ahead of his sides Champions league visit to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal on Tuesday evening.

When asked if he would answer a call from new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to link up with him at The Etihad, the Argentinian dismissed the notion, saying Guardiola would not be making that call. He did, however, shed light on the prospect of a return to the league where he made his first impressions at West Ham.

“Returning to the Premier League? I don’t know. My feeling for Liverpool does not mean I’m tied to them. If in the future a Premier League team was interested in me and I had the chance to go back, you can’t say: ‘No, I would only play for one team’. I don’t know what I would do.”

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Speaking at the clubs Joan Gamper training complex, Mascherano also spoke about Barcelona’s ability to produce and nurture young players, something lacking in the Premier League.

“What is so special here is that the players – and not just the three up-front but players such as Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique – have been winning all there is to win for so many years, and yet they still have that hunger for more”.

“Even just a little bit of praise can weaken you. So imagine when there is not just the praise but the medals on the table too. But these players have marked out the route and those that join the club are obliged to follow in their footsteps”.

“That is the special thing here: the homegrown players, the people of the casa, have laid the path and those that have arrived afterwards follow it”.

Tuesday night’s encounter in North London has the potential to contain a glut of goals, with the last seven meetings between the two sides producing 27 in total, just under an average of four goals a game.

While Arsenal will be hoping to make an improbable leap into the last eight of the competition, Barcelona will be looking to continue their unbeaten run in the competition, with the ultimate goal of becoming the first team since AC Milan {1989 and 1990}, to win back-to-back European titles.

Author: The PA Team

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