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  • Javier Mascherano has lost his place in the Barcelona starting XI this season
  • Ernesto Valverde has preferred Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti at centre back
  • Mascherano's contract is until 2019 but he suggested he may leave next summer
  • He announced he would retire from international football after the World Cup 

By Robert Cottingham For Mailonline

Published: 07:36 EDT, 13 October 2017 | Updated: 08:26 EDT, 13 October 2017

Javier Mascherano says he will make a decision on whether to remain at Barcelona at the end of the season after losing his place in the team. 

Mascherano has been in-and-out of Barcelona's starting line-ups so far this campaign, featuring in four of their seven La Liga matches but failing to make an appearance in Europe.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has preferred a centre back pairing of Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique in the Champions League, both of whom Mascherano graciously described as more accomplished players.

Javier Mascherano played the full 90 minutes at centre back as Argentina beat Ecuador 3-1 
Javier Mascherano played the full 90 minutes at centre back as Argentina beat Ecuador 3-1 

Javier Mascherano played the full 90 minutes at centre back as Argentina beat Ecuador 3-1 

Mascherano's Barcelona deal runs out in 2019 but the 33-year-old admitted to TyC Sports via FourFourTwo: 'I have my contract to honour with the club but, obviously, once the season is over, we'll see what needs to be done.

'At Barcelona, they've always said that they're happy with me and I have time to think about it. It's clear that I'm playing less for my club because we have two centre backs who are better. 

'I am trying to battle to win my place - or at least be ready when I am called on. When you have better players ahead of you in the pecking order, you accept it and try to turn the situation around. I'm not the kind of person to get annoyed about it'. 

Mascherano announced on Tuesday that he would retire from international football with Argentina after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Mascherano is only the fourth non-Spanish player to reach 200 appearances for Barcelona 
Mascherano is only the fourth non-Spanish player to reach 200 appearances for Barcelona 

Mascherano is only the fourth non-Spanish player to reach 200 appearances for Barcelona 

Mascherano has lost his place in Barcelona's team to French centre back Samuel Umtiti
Mascherano has lost his place in Barcelona's team to French centre back Samuel Umtiti

Mascherano has lost his place in Barcelona's team to French centre back Samuel Umtiti

His club team-mate Lionel Messi scored a sensational hat-trick as Argentina beat Ecuador 3-1 with Mascherano winning his 139th cap, playing the full 90 minutes.

Earlier this month Mascherano became only the fourth non-Spanish player to reach 200 appearances for Barcelona when he started the 3-0 win over Las Palmas. 

Barcelona travel to Atletico Madrid's new stadium the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for the first time on Saturday evening in La Liga.

Valverde's men have a 100 per cent record from their first seven league matches of the season, scoring 23 times and conceding just twice. 

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