Report: Javier Mascherano to be handed Barcelona captaincy

Barcelona's Javier Mascherano in action during the match against Atletico Madrid on August 28, 2013
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Reports claim that Javier Mascherano is a strong candidate to become the new Barcelona captain next season.

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is reportedly strongly considering handing Javier Mascherano the captaincy at the Camp Nou next season.

With Carlos Puyol and Victor Valdes both leaving this summer, the Catalan outfit are currently without a permanent skipper for the new campaign.

Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi were believed to be the three strong favourites for the role due to their standing in the dressing room.

However, according to various reports in Spain, Mascherano, who starred for Argentina at the World Cup, is now Enrique's preferred choice.

It is understood that Mascherano will be deployed in a midfield role next season rather than at the centre of the defence.

Celta de Vigo head coach Luis Enrique looks on during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and RC Celta de Vigo at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on September 26, 2013
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