Javier Mascherano signs for Hebei China Fortune

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Barcelona have confirmed, as expected, that an agreement has been reached with Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune over the transfer of decorated defender Javier Mascherano. "They have always said that I would make a good coach". The boss understood my situation and how I felt as a player. As time passed, it was becoming clear that I was losing space as a protagonist and everything was becoming harder for me.

The goodbye ceremony will take place on January 24 and will be attended by president of Barcelona Josep Maria Bartomeu and his team-mates.

Do you think the Argentine made the right call in leaving the club? On one hand, there is happines because you will start a new challenge, but also sadness to lose a person and a player like you. Mascherano - one of the captains of the Blaugrana team - will have the chance to bid his fans farewell before the second leg match against Espanyol on Thursday.

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The Argentine joined from Liverpool in August 2010, winning 18 trophies during his spell at the Nou Camp, including two Champions League titles. Thomas Vermaelen, who is injured, is the other central defender.

Hebei's current foreign contingent include Mascherano's former global teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi and ex-Premier League players Gervinho, Stephen M'Bia and Gael Kakuta, plus Brazilian duo Aloisio and Hernanes, although limits on foreign players mean that one of the current crop will be sold or join Kakuta and Hernanes out on loan.

The dream is over: "I'd been thinking about this for some time".

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