River Plate have attempted to persuade Barcelona star Javier Mascherano into returning to the Monumental, the Argentine club president has revealed.
The highly rated footballer faced his former club in the Club World Cup final, with the Catalans enjoying a 3-0 triumph to secure the third trophy in history.
River Plate chairman Rodrigo D’Onofrio did not pass up an opportunity to have a chat with Javier Mascherano about the prospect of returning to Buenos Aires.
“I spoke with Mascherano and, of course, I tried to seduce him into returning,” D’Onofrio told Fox Sports, while confirming that a number of star players could leave in the coming weeks.
It was at River Plate that Mascherano had begun his professional career, making 46 appearances for the Argentine giants before joining Corinthians.
He has since represented West Ham, Liverpool and Barcelona, with his spell in Catalunya especially impressive.
The 31-year-old will probably return to Argentina to end his career at one stage, but that looks unlikely to happen for another couple of years.