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Mascherano set for Estudiantes move

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Pin Mascherano returns to Argentinian club football after 14 years away.
Mascherano returns to Argentinian club football after 14 years away.

Mascherano set for Estudiantes move

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Javier Mascherano will play his club football in Argentina for the first time in 14 years after agreeing to join Estudiantes.

Former Barcelona and Argentina star Javier Mascherano has agreed to join Primera Division side Estudiantes.

The 35-year-old left Barcelona at the end of the 2017-18 season to sign a deal with Chinese Super League outfit Hebei China Fortune. He has made 53 appearances for the club over the past two seasons but will now make a return to Argentina 14 years after leaving River Plate for Brazilian side Corinthians.

Estudiantes announced the deal on social media alongside a video of president and former Seleccion team-mate Juan Sebastian Veron dining with Mascherano.

"We have travelled 19,000km to welcome Javier to the Pincha family," the club wrote on Twitter. "Estudiantes is your home, Mascherano."

Mascherano retired from international duty after the 2018 World Cup, having amassed a national record 147 caps. Estudiantes are seventh in the Primera Division after picking up 22 points from their opening 13 games.  

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