Liverpool midfielder will sign for European Champions

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Inter Milan striker Diego Milito believes Liverpool star Javier Mascherano will end up at the San Siro.

The frontman, who played alongside Mascherano in Argentina’s World Cup side, is excited at the prospect of linking up with his international skipper.

He also told the Reds that new Milan boss Rafael Benitez will carry on pressing ahead with his attempts to sign the former West Ham midfielder.

Milito, who starred in Inter’s Champions League winning side, said: “We are very excited about Mascherano joining us at Inter.

“He has made it clear he wants to be here and it’s just down to the relevant people agreeing the deal now.”

Liverpool are currently gearing up for the Europa League qualifiers, meaning no Champions League football, after the club finished 7th last season.

Milito believes that the European Champions are a much better proposition for Mascherano than a club who are no longer title contenders in his eyes.

“I think it’s unrealistic of Liverpool to think they can keep hold of Mascherano when they can’t even offer Champions League football and are not challenging Manchester United and Chelsea for the Premier League title,” he said.

“The boss and Mascherano have a good friendship so there were no other clubs on the cards for him after that, including Barcelona.

“He has wanted to join for a while but when the boss joined Inter I think that sealed the deal.

“Rafa has already made it clear that he wants another season like Jose had with us last season. Javier is a natural-born winner. He’ll relish being at a club where he will win top honours.

Inter already have a large Argentine contingent and Milito would love for a few more to join, namely international strike partner Carlos Tevez.

He said: “I would like Tevez to join us as well but I don’t think that will be possible this summer.

“Manchester City are in a position where they don’t have to sell, but Carlos has told me he would like to play in Italy in the future.”

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