Mascherano: I am my own person
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Javier Mascherano has refuted suggestions he and Carlos Tevez are joined at the hip.
West Ham United midfielder Javier Mascherano has refuted suggestions that both he and compatriot Carlos Tevez are joined at the hip.
The 22-year-old Argentine made headlines on the final day of the summer transfer window when he and Tevez moved to Upton Park from Brazilian club Corinthians.
Since then, the former River Plate man has made just a handful of appearances for The Hammers, with reports that both the midfielder and Tevez are set to move on in the January transfer window.
Despite suggestions that the pair will move on together, Mascherano claimed he is his own person and is unsure of what the future may hold for him.
"Carlos and I are not like Siamese twins that have to be transferred always to the same team," Mascherano said in The Sun. "I don't know what's in our future.
"My start to life in England has been complicated because I haven't been playing.
"There are rumours we will leave in January, but we don't know that.
"The problem with being on the bench is that I'll be a long way away from the Argentina team.
"The person making the decision over who plays is the coach and I just follow his instructions. My relationship with Alan Pardew is an ordinary coach-player relationship.
"We do not talk much, but I think that only happens because differences in the language do not allow us to have long talks.
"I try my best and train very hard every time I can, even on my free days.
"The only thing that bothers me about the English culture is the weather, but we are having a wonderful time as a family."
West Ham, meanwhile, are the latest side to be linked with a move for West Bromwich Albion captain Curtis Davies.
The former Luton Town defender has attracting interest from Premiership rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with reports now suggesting The Hammers will make a £5 million offer for the 21-year-old.
Baggies boss Tony Mowbray is keen to keep hold of Davies, but has admitted he may have to sell one of his top players in order to help him build a squad that can reclaim a place in the Premiership.