‘Masche to stay, Denis Suarez to return’

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez insists Javier Mascherano will stay at the club and confirmed Denis Suarez’s return.

Suarez is at Villarreal but Barca have the rights to re-sign the forward this summer and will do so when they’re official able to reincorporate his registration.

“Villarreal already have notification. They know, and on July 1 it will be official,” Robert said, Mundo Deportivo reports.

“Nolito? We tried to reach a favourable situation for him [in January] and you know the reasons we couldn’t do more. At this time I can’t confirm or deny anything. To speak about individual players harms the situation.”

Robert did confirm Dani Alves will leave as per a clause in his contract and the right-back could join Juventus, but he was adamant Mascherano won’t go the same way.

“It’s clear with Mascherano that we will reach an agreement. He’s a vital player and I have no doubt he will continue here, in part because he’s under contract,” Robert continued.

“We’ve talked a lot about this topic. I spoke to him at the time and he knows this is the consensus view. He’s going to stay at Barca. That’s very clear and we always look for a positive framework.”

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