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Liverpool's Mascherano wants new deal

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano admits he's chasing a new, long-term deal.

Mascherano, 23, initially moved on an 18-month "lease agreement" costing the Reds around £2.5million.

There have been rumours he would walk away on a free next summer as he is unhappy at not playing regularly because of Rafa Benitez's infamous rotation system.

A long-term deal could cost Liverpool £17m, with the money going to the Media Sports Investment group, who own Mascherano's rights.

And the tough-tackling star, known as the Little Chief, has shot down all the gossip and admitted he wants to stay - for years.

Mascherano said: "I'm very happy here. I feel settled and would like to play at the new stadium.

"I love playing for Liverpool and if the manager wants to keep me then I'd definitely stay for a long time."

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