Barcelona extends Javier Mascherano's contract to 2019

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says Argentina international Javier Mascherano has agreed to extend his contract with the Spanish champions until June 2019.

Club executive Albert Soler says "we have reached an agreement to improve (Mascherano's) contract" without specifying the financial details.

The 32-year-old Mascherano plays as a central defender for Barcelona alongside fellow first-choice center back Gerard Pique. Since his arrival in 2010 from Liverpool, he has played in 282 games for Barcelona and helped it win 16 titles, including two Champions League crowns.

Also on Wednesday, Barcelona presented new midfielder Andre Gomes.

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