Sports Javier Mascherano commits future to Barcelona until 2018

Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano is set to commit his future to the club until 2018, the club have confirmed.

The Argentina international sealed the deal before he went to represent his country at the World Cup in Brazil earlier this summer.

"FC Barcelona have announced that Javier Mascherano will sign an improved and extended contract on Tuesday August 26 that will see him stay at the club until June 30, 2018," a statement on Barca's official website read.

"This extension was agreed and announced just before the start of the World Cup in Brazil, where Mascherano was playing for Argentina. The new contract includes a buyout clause set at 100 million euros."

Mascherano just returned to training after an extended break following Argentina's appearance in the World Cup final, which they lost to Germany, and will feature in the Joan Gamper Trophy against Mexican side Club Leon on Monday.

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