Javier Mascherano believes his career at Barcelona is coming to an end, seven years after joining the Catalan club from Liverpool.
The 33-year-old has seen his influence on the pitch restricted this season and is keen to leave the club on a high.
The Argentine has hinted that he may look to move on next season despite his current contract running out in 2019.
He said: ‘I think that my stage here is ending.
‘It makes sense that after such a long time there’s not much more I can do in this club.
‘I’m not saying it with a heavy heart. I’ve had the best years of my career in this club. I’ll never forget it.’
The utility defender has played in just six of Barcelona’s 13 league matches this term and has made just two appearances in the Champions League.
Mascherano revealed he has learnt from experience and does not want to replicate the way he left Anfield in 2010.
He added: ‘I’m one of those people that thinks that you have to know when is the right time to end a stage.
‘I would like to close mine (at Barcelona) on the right time but it doesn’t really depend on me.’
‘I am predisposed to close it on time because when I left Liverpool it wasn’t good for me, and I didn’t like it.
‘I didn’t like having the feeling that I could go back to Liverpool and there was still something toxic there.
‘And I don’t want the same thing to happen to me at Barcelona
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