Barcelona star would love to work with Benitez again

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Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has welcomed speculation linking him with a move to Napoli, but insists he remains happy at Camp Nou, reports Sky Sports.

The Argentina international played under Azzurri boss Rafa Benitez at Liverpool, and is understood to be on the Spaniard's January transfer radar.

Mascherano reflects positively on his time under Benitez's tutelage, and admits he would love to work with him again one day, and would be open to the possibility of moving to Italy.

"I like Serie 'A' very much, the level is high and you can see beautiful games," the 29-year-old told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I'm often in touch with Rafa Benitez, we have a great relationship.

"I'm a grateful person and I remember that Rafa took me from West Ham, where I did not play, and gave me confidence at Liverpool in a team full of great midfielders.

"I'd love to work with him again someday and he knows it. But today I'm at Barcelona and I'm fine there. In the future, we will see."

Just as well Mascherano played down the likelihood of a switch to Stadio San Paolo in January, because Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis last week stated that he is 'not interested' in signing the South American schemer.

After leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in August 2010 - only two months after Benitez's Anfield departure - Mascherano has established himself as an important first-team figure at Camp Nou, and continues to be picked under new manager Gerardo Martino.

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