‘River tried to seduce Mascherano’

River Plate President Rodrigo D’Onofrio has revealed that he tried to “seduce” Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano into returning to the club.

Mascherano helped Barca defeat River 3-0 in Sunday’s Club World Cup final, and the patron made no secret of his desire to see the defender-cum-midfielder come back for a second spell as “you can’t retain players who have won everything”.

“There’s always a fool [on Lionel Messi being booed and insulted at Tokyo airport],” he told Fox Sports.

“Messi is a gentleman, he scored ​​a goal and raised his hand accidentally.

“He told me he was close to joining River…

“I spoke with Mascherano and, of course, I tried to seduce him into returning.

“A winning cycle has come to an end, and I feel we need to strengthen the team.

“You can’t retain players who have won everything.”

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