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Javier Mascherano knows where he wants to play football next season

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Argentine defender Javier Mascherano has had quite a career. 

He first became a household name following a controversial move from Corinthians to West Ham United in 2006. 

Although he only played rarely in east London due to rumours and speculation surrounding his transfer, he became a Liverpool player by February 2007. 

It was here Mascherano became one of Europe's top defenders, featuring 139 times for the Reds.

But after five trophyless seasons, he moved away from Anfield to win some silverware, with Barcelona his destination. 

And win silverware he did. The now 33-year-old has had a glamorous career at the Nou Camp, winning every major club trophy on offer. 

He's a four-time La Liga champion, a Champions League winner twice and got his hands on the Copa del Rey four times as well, amongst winning various other trophies. 

Throughout his 330 appearances since 2010, Mascherano has also won a number of individual honours.

Juventus v FC Barcelona  - UEFA Champions League Final

Those include being named in the Champions League Team of the Season and the FIFPro World XI numerous times. 

But after almost eight brilliant years in Spain, the defender is coming towards the twilight of his career and has been finding first-team opportunities hard to come by since 2016.

Being the true professional, Mascherano has apparently set his mind on leaving Barca, in order to feature more regularly for a different side. 

FC Barcelona v Olympiakos Piraeus - UEFA Champions League

That's according to Catalan newspaper Sport. The outlet claims he's been planning a departure for a while now and the only thing that needs resolving is a destination. 

And Mascherano has a certain league in mind. 

According to the paper, he favours a move to the MLS and is ready to crack America. Of course, it's an appealing destination and he'd follow in many famous footsteps. 

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Sport also reveals that if an American franchise meets the Argentine's demands, Barca will be more than happy to let him go. 

It's the least they can do for a servant like Mascherano, who was a key part of their team for a number of years. 

Should he leave in 2018, the defender will surely get a great send off in front of the Nou Camp faithful.  

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