Liverpool midfielder Mascherano frustrated by on-off Barcelona move
He wanted the move for the sake of his family because life in the Catalan city would have allowed them to speak in their native Spanish.
"The situation with Barcelona really affected me," he said. "It was a shame it didn't happen as it was the city I wanted to live in.
"There were many discussions and problems during that month and a half. They were difficult times for me. One day I was off to Barcelona, the next I wasn't.
"Also we were having problems with Argentina as our qualification to the World Cup was in danger.
"There was a lot of complicated stuff at that time."