Barcelona confirm Mascherano exit

Barcelona have confirmed Javier Mascherano is to leave the club, with an official goodbye to be held this week.

Mascherano’s departure was announced on Tuesday afternoon in a club statement and the Catalans will say farewell to Masche at an event held on Wednesday morning. The Barcelona first team squad, as well as President Josep Maria Bartomeu, will be present.

Barcelona play Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Thursday evening and it is thought Mascherano will say goodbye to the fans prior to kick-off.

Joining Barca in August 2010 after a spell at Liverpool, Mascherano went on to win 18 trophies including the Primera title on four occasions and two Champions Leagues. The Argentine is also fourth on the list of non-Spanish appearance makers for Barca, with his 334 putting him behind only Lionel Messi, Philippe Cocu and Dani Alves.

Mascherano played under Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, Tata Martino, Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde during his seven-and-a-half years at Camp Nou.

He scored his only goal for Barca in the 2016-17 season during a 7-1 win over Osasuna, converting a penalty to break his duck.

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