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Mascherano Defender set for Barca stay

Javier Mascherano will not be joining former Barcelona team-mate Dani Alves at Juventus, according to the Spanish club's sporting director.

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Juventus may have already signed Dani Alves from Barcelona but they should not expect Javier Mascherano to join in swapping Camp Nou for Turin.

Barcelona international sporting director Ariedo Braida said there was no chance that the former Liverpool midfielder would be joining Alves at Juventus, confirming the Argentina international is set to stay with his current employers.

"It is certain that Javier will not play for Juventus next season,” Braida told Rai.

"He'll stay with us."

The news means that Mascherano, 32, will play his seventh-straight season at Barcelona, where he will hope to add to his four La Liga titles and two Champions League medals.

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