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Javier Mascherano renews his contract until 2019

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Javier Mascherano renews his contract until 2019

FC Barcelona reached an agreement with the defender who was given his final renewal.

FC Barcelona announced that they will renew Mascherano's contract until June 30th, 2019 and his new release clause will be €100 million.

Javier Mascherano signed his final contract renewal for FC Barcelona yesterday in the presence of his agent, Walter Tarner and the FC Barcelona members including: Josep Maria Bartomeu, Jordi Mestre, Robert Fernandez and Javier Bordas.

Mascherano had a few words to say after the renwal:

Javier Mascherano: "Barça changes your life. I’ve been lucky to play for great teams, but the experiance you get here isn’t matched at any other club. This comes with many demands. I never imagined I would spend so long here. I thought I'd be here for a couple of years, because I knew the demands of the club. It's all gone so quick. I hope the next three years don't go so quick, because they will be my last [with Barca] I want to enjoy them as much as possible. It's been a pleasure to have spent six years with some of the best players in the history of the club.

When I came to Barcelona, it was clear that I’d come to be [Sergio] Busquets’ backup. But half way through the [first] season we were left without central defenders and I filled in. Little by little I’ve got more comfortable there. Barça is the club I have spent the most time with and I am proud of that as it is not easy to play in a team that is so demanding and competitive.

Playing alongside Piqué solves many problems and he is one of the best centre-backs in the world.

La Liga? Everyone wants to take the crown away from you. We’ve had some games when we’ve not been good. You have to improve, but we are two points off the top and there’s a long way to go.

Pep Guardiola? He left a mark on me, firstly because he brought me here and secondly for his impressive capacity to read games.

Manchester City? It will be a great game and City have improved this season. Sergio Aguero is one of the best players in the world inside the box due to his finishing and his all-round quality."

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Source: FC Barcelona and SPORT