Javier Mascherano has reportedly rejected a “dizzying offer” from an unnamed Chinese club without taking Barcelona to ransom.
According to Mundo Deportivo, an emerging Chinese side made Mascherano an offer of €50m, which would have seen the defender-midfielder become a public figure in the country, with “infinite possibilities to exploit his image and make more money”.
However, the ‘Little Chief’ reportedly feels he has plenty more to give La Blaugrana, stemming from the manner in which he arrived six years ago as he took a pay cut to join the club in 2010, before signing a contract extension until 2018 four years later.
“The idea is remain committed to this club until the last day of my contract. Hopefully I can keep up,” he said upon penning his renewal.
Mascherano, who turns 32 in June, is also understood to have opted against informing Barca of the offer as he had no intentions of using it as leverage for improved terms.