Argentine star rules out exit
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reported Man Utd target Javier Mascherano will not leave Corinthians this summer.
Reported Manchester United target Javier Mascherano has stated he has no desire to leave Corinthians this summer.
The Argentinian World Cup star has been linked with a move to Old Trafford as The Red Devils continue to search for midfield replacements despite the capture of Michael Carrick.
Although the 22-year-old has been heralded as a bright prospect for some time, his composed displays at the heart of Jose Pekerman's midfield in Germany saw his stock rise.
Newly-installed Serie A champions Internazionale are rumoured to have taken a strong interest in the former River Plate star, and United are clearly in the market for a physical holding midfielder having first cast a glance at Milan's Gennaro Gattuso and Juventus' Patrick Vieira before taking a close interest in Spain international Marcos Senna.
However, Mascherano has now moved to dampen speculation about his future, stating he will not be leaving his Brazilian employers during the transfer window.
"After the World Cup I returned to Corinthians and the only thing that I have in mind is to play for this team," said Mascherano.
"I am not thinking of leaving Corinthians and in addition I don't have any proposal for leaving.
"I don't think it would be correct to leave Corinthians at the moment."
Although Mascherano admits he would not rule out a move to Europe in the future, the Argentine is determined to help pull Corinthians out of the current crisis that has left them bottom of the league.
"If Corinthians receive in the future a good proposal and it's also interesting for me then I could maybe think of the chance to leave Corinthians but I want to make clear that that would be something in the future," Mascherano added.
"I am not thinking of any transfer now and I even wouldn't accept any transfer at this moment because Corinthians is in a difficult situation and we all need to help to get the team out of this."