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The former Liverpool midfielder has reached an agreement over a new contract, committing his future to the Blaugrana for the next four years

Barcelona have announced that Javier Mascherano has officially signed a new contract with the club until 2016.

The versatile Argentine midfielder, who can also play at centre-back, has developed into a key player at the Catalan club since completing a €22 million transfer from Liverpool.

He has now added two years to his previous deal, which expired in 2014, to put an end to all speculation surrounding his long-term future at Camp Nou.

Meanwhile, Barca have also revealed that Mascherano's release clause is now set at €100m.

The 28-year-old has made 97 appearances for the Blaugrana, although he has yet to break his duck in front of goal.

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