Masch future in doubt
Liverpool's Javier Mascherano has admitted his future is in doubt following the departure of Rafa Benitez.
Last Updated: 05/06/10 3:46pm
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has admitted his future is in doubt following the departure of Rafa Benitez from Anfield.
Benitez's six-year spell on Merseyside came to an end on Thursday afternoon after a reported £6million severance package was agreed with the club's board.
Now Argentina international Mascherano, who was strongly linked with a move to Barcelona last summer, admits he is unsure over his next move.
The combative midfielder, who was brought to Anfield from West Ham in January 2007, has seen discussions over a new deal stall with contract negotiations put on hold.
"Would I follow Benitez? I don't know," he said, with a shrug. "At the moment I really know little about my future.
"But of course with Benitez at Liverpool I experienced three incredible years. His football is my football."
Mascherano believes the former Reds manager would be the ideal man to replace Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan.
Reports suggest Inter president Massimo Moratti is set to meet Benitez in Sardinia and a deal could be sealed in the next 48 hours.
It will be daunting to step into Mourinho's shoes after the former Chelsea manager steered the Nerazzurri to the UEFA Champions League crown before leaving for Real Madrid, but Mascherano believes his former boss has the perfect credentials.
"Only Benitez could take the place of a coach like Mourinho," said the Argentina international. "He is a great coach. He has charisma, personality, a winning mentality.
"Moreover, he will find himself brilliantly in Italy because of the tactical game. Rafa studies everything on the table and directs the team from the bench like an orchestra conductor.
"Inter have made a good choice. After Mourinho, he is the only man capable of continuing Inter's winning run."