Javier Mascherano says he would want to pass on his experience to young footballers
Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has revealed his plans to be on the touchline when he finally hangs his playing boot.
At the age of 31, the thought of retirement has started to come into the mind of the Argentine international and he has revealed that the challenge of teaching young footballers from his own experience is an exciting prospect.
"I would become a coach," the former West Ham, Corinthians, River Plate and Liverpool midfielder told Radio Metro.
"As a player, things are easier, but it gets more complicated when you go on the other side.
"I want to pass on everything my coaches taught me. In football, things go full circle."
Mascherano, who began his career as a defensive midfielder, has adapted to play at the centre of defence after being first deployed there by former Blaugrana coach Pep Guardiola.
It was a necessary move in order to get playing time according to the San Lorenzo native, who admitted knowing he was unlikely to displace Sergio Busquets in the centre of the park.
"At that time, many central defenders were injured and Sergio Busquets had emerged in midfield," he added.
"Guardiola noticed my characteristics and physique and liked what he saw when he put me in defence.
"I came to Barcelona knowing I was signed as a backup and it would be very difficult to hold down a place in midfield.
“Obviously I would have fought for my place but one of the best in the world was playing in my position.
"Meanwhile with Argentina I was made captain and had to win my place on two fronts. Over time though, I've managed to earn my place."