Currently the smuggest man alive? Yes.
Barcelona new-boy Javier Mascherano has shot back at Roy Hogdson’s accusation of the midfielder being ’selfish’ by claiming Liverpool have been rather economical with the truth throughout the Argentinean’s transfer saga.
Speaking to the press in Spain, the 26-year-old revealed he’s had one foot out of the door at Anfield for at least a year – and the Reds may be telling porkies in suggesting otherwise:
Roy Hodgson knows the truth. This is a happy moment for me so now is not the time to say it, but a lot of lies have been told about me and I will respond to them.
Last year Liverpool would not let me leave. There was no way they would sell me. They had Xabi Alonso and me, and they would only let Xabi leave. I was disappointed not to be able to sign last season. When the best club in the world calls you, then it is something that you want to happen.
I have signed for the only club who really wanted me. In no moment did I ever think that Inter was a possibility. Rafa valued me and perhaps that is why people started saying that I could go there but this is the only club that pushed to sign me.
Time will tell whether Javier does actually have anything to reveal or whether he’s simply trying to stir things up before swaggering off into the Catalan sunset.
However, his comments on last week’s Inter drama beg the question: if a deal was never on the cards, why didn’t Rafa just come out and say so?