Belfast Telegraph

Mascherano staying put - Hodgson

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson understands Inter Milan will not make a move for Javier Mascherano before the transfer window closes.

The unsettled midfielder has been linked with a move to the San Siro since former Reds boss Rafael Benitez took charge of the European champions earlier this summer.

"I spoke to Massimo Moratti about the fact they are not going to buy Liverpool players," Hodgson, a former Inter coach, said. "I believe they were only interested in two of our players and they are not going to buy them. Moratti said they are not going to do that."

Argentina captain Mascherano expressed a desire to leave Anfield for personal reasons when he reported back for pre-season training after the World Cup.

Liverpool have said they will only sell if they receive an appropriate bid for the £25million-rated player and Hodgson has made clear his desire to keep the 26-year-old.

Howeve, one Liverpool player who could be heading to Italy is midfielder Alberto Aquilani.

Hodgson confirmed on Thursday that the injury-plagued 26-year-old, who has struggled to make an impact since his £20million move from Roma last year, could be sent out on loan.

Reports from Italy suggested Juventus was his most likely destination.


From Belfast Telegraph