Barcelona star refuses to commit future

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Barcelona mainstay Javier Mascherano has rejected the idea that he should consider entering talks over a contract extension at the Nou Camp, as rumours persist over interest from former boss Rafael Benitez at Napoli.

Mascherano has become a key component in Barca's bid to retain La Liga supremacy in recent seasons, largely providing capable cover in central defence alongside Gerard Pique since swapping Liverpool for Spain in 2010.

The Argentine international is adamant that he remains happy at Barca and will not actively pursue a summer switch, despite the opportunity to rejoin Benitez in Serie A remaining a viable possibility.

He is quoted by Football Italia as saying: "A renewal? It’s not the right time to talk about that sort of thing. I am very happy and have always said as much. I’ve been treated very well here.

"If the club let me know, then I will evaluate my options. But I will not make any decisions before that."

The 29-year-old is thought to be on Napoli's list of long-term transfer targets as they look to add solidity to an improving team containing countrymen Gonzalo Higuain, following a productive three-and-a-half year spell under Benitez in the Premier League with Liverpool.

Barca still have the tough-tackling midfielder under contact until 2016, with no plans currently in place to open talks over fresh terms.

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