Date: 16th August 2013 at 1:07am
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Mascherano - Barcelona have been linked with a move for Javier Mascherano, and amid rumours of a move to Italy, the holding-midfielder has praised his former coach .

The tough-tackling Argentine international played under at English giants Liverpool, and has that he still talks to his old boss regularly.

“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 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.