Javier Mascherano has quashed any speculation of a summer exit from the Camp Nou by signing a three-year contract extension with Barcelona to keep him at the club until the summer of 2019.

Barcelona vice-president Josep Soler revealed Mascherano‘s new deal

Serie A champions Juventus were the most closely linked suitors in the hunt to sign the Argentina international.

It was reported Mascherano could join former Blaugrana team-mate Dani Alves in Turin after the right-back completed a move to the Italian giants earlier this summer.

However, Italian outlet Calciomercato reported in late June that a move suddenly became less likely, with Barca ready to hand their defender a salary increase (h/t Football Italia).

Mascherano has played 281 matches for Barcelona since arriving at the club in 2010, per Transfermarkt, and he has since gone on to become a key defensive staple despite coming to Catalonia as a midfielder. These numbers from BBC Sport show how much success he has enjoyed at the Camp Nou:

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