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Official: Barcelona legend Javier Mascherano announces his retirement

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Javier Mascherano announced today that he is retiring. After a few seasons in China and Argentina, Mascherano revealed his intentions to the world. He spent eight great years with Barça collecting 19 trophies along the way.

In his eight years at Camp Nou, Mascherano never disappointed. He left his mark everywhere he played and received praise from every manager he played under. The biggest praise came from Pep Guardiola, his coach during two campaigns, who absolutely adored the Argentine defensive midfielder. When Carles Puyol got injured, the 36-year-old always replaced him well too.

El Jefecito, who left the club for China in 2018, came as a defensive midfielder from Liverpool. At the Catalan club, he gradually became a centre-back although Argentina would always see him as a holding midfielder. Few defenders played like Mascherano at his best, and for that Culés always rated him.

The Argentine was not a goalscorer, only scoring once from the spot in 2017 against Osasuna. However, he was a vocal leader that made Barcelona stronger in difficult moments, and for that, he will be missed.

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Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta

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In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.

The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.

When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.

“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”

In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.

On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”

Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”

The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.

His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.

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