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Hodgson confirms Mascherano wants to leave Liverpool

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has admitted Javier Mascherano is keen to move on from Liverpool. The Argentina skipper is being linked with a reunion with a reunion with former Reds boss Rafa Benitez, now at Inter Milan.

"Yes, he wants to leave the club," confirmed Hodgson when asked about Mascherano.

"He has made that perfectly clear. I think he wanted to leave a year ago.

"He wants to leave now but he is contracted to Liverpool so whether he leaves or not will be our decision.

"He is a Liverpool player and will continue to be treated as a Liverpool player until such a day arrives when he no longer is.

"The mere fact that the player is a little bit unhappy with his situation and would prefer to leave does not necessarily mean that he will do.

"It disappoints me but it is not unusual. I think in every club throughout the world there are players playing in the team who would prefer to leave.

"Some are allowed to, some are not allowed to. Mascherano is a Liverpool player with a two-year contract.

"I expect him to honour that contract until the day comes when the club decides to accept an offer for his services."

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