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Mascherano leaves Barça to join Hebei China Fortune

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Barcelona, Jan 24: Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano has left Barcelona to sign for Chinese football club Hebei China Fortune, Barça announced on Wednesday.

After spending nearly eight years at Camp Nou, Mascherano was due to move to Hebei on January 26, the Catalan club said, giving no further details on the transfer fee, reports Efe.

"I feel privileged. That the people you work with on a daily basis value you so is the best gift and motivation," Mascherano said.

The 33-year-old is scheduled to take part in the Copa del Rey match between Barcelona and RCD Espanyol on Thursday at Camp Nou and bid farewell to the club's fans.

The club held an institutional farewell for the player on Wednesday.

Mascherano left Liverpool in 2010 to join Barcelona, where he participated in more than 300 matches.

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