Yesterday Hearts supporters were given some good news when it emerged, after months of speculation, that club captain Christophe Berra is to stay at Tynecastle. Wolves reportedly had upped their bid from £1.5m to £1.75m, still short of Hearts’ £2M valuation of the player, and their manager Mick McCarthy, in an interview with the Scotsman, said it was time to look at other targets. “I’m still hopeful of getting another [player], he said. œWe had a bid in for Berra but that deal is dead. It won’t be done at all. Hearts are saying he won’t be going anywhere so I’ve moved on. There are no other bids in.
œFor the moment, the deal is dead as far as I’m concerned and we’re looking elsewhere. Who we get, I don’t know. It might be that someone comes from completely out of the blue from somewhere which has never been mentioned.”
In an interview published on the official Hearts website Berra, the recently capped Scotland internationalist, told Hearts World that he was not only happy to be staying at Tynecastle but that the was also excited about the prospect of working under new manager Csaba Laszlo. œThe new manager has laid down his guidelines. I have been impressed with him and am looking forward to the season starting.
He continued: œHe hasn’t been long here but he knows how he wants us to play, how he wants us to work and he’s also high on discipline and work ethic and I’ve got a good feeling about the appointment.
œThere has been a lot of paper talk but I am happy here just now. I have been impressed with him and I’m sure he can help improve me as an individual and take the team forward. I want to win things and be successful but on a personal level I need to look after myself and want to keep improving.
œThe club had been working hard to bring in a new manager and I think they have done a good job and we are all looking forward to improving on last season to finish as high up the league as we can.
œI want to become the best player I possibly can. I am happy to be a Hearts player and can’t wait for the new season. The early signs are looking good.
This news will be welcomed by most Hearts supporters as Berra is at the stage of his career where he should really be establishing himself as a one of the clubs top performers. In my opinion he was given the captaincy at too young an age and at a very difficult time for the club.
Hearts have done well to turn these bids from Wolves down as if Berra manages to get a few more international caps, maybe even a few starts, then his value would increase and, if Hearts still wanted to cash in on him, they could possibly receive more than £2m.
Although Dutch side Feyenoord are apparently still sniffing about Berra so if the size of their bid matches what Hearts are holding out for, we still may see the club captain leave Tynecastle before the start of the season.
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