“Moving to Napoli? I can only say that I speak with Benitez often. Almost every day we talk,” he said to Il Mattino.
“I’ve always appreciated him as a coach.”
While there is much speculation that the 29-year-old could move to Italy, it is doubtful that the Blaugrana would want to sell a player who showed such versatility last season playing predominantly as a centre-back.
Mascherano has been at the Nou Camp since moving from Liverpool in 2010 and so far has 138 appearances for the club.