Hearts defender Clevid Dikamona has signed a contract extension manager Craig Levein has confirmed.
The new deal will keep him at the club until the summer of 2020.
The Congolese international has made 21 appearances this season, scoring once, after signing as a free agent in September.
Dikamona has become a popular figure among the Hearts support with his all-action defensive displays and his personality on social media.
The 28-year-old formed a fine defensive partnership with Jimmy Dunne when John Souttar and Christophe Berra were out injured earlier in the campaign.
He also put in a memorable performance in the 1-0 win at Easter Road at the end of December.
“I’m very happy because I have another year to show that I can bring something to this team,” Dikamona told the Hearts website.
“Of course, I have enjoyed my time at Hearts so far. Every year, since I started playing football, I have aimed to play at a higher level and now I am at a big club in Hearts.
“We are playing for the top spots in the league, Europe and a cup final and I hope that next season we can play for even more. It’s the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play in two semi finals in one season so I am really enjoying it here.
“I think that if I am popular with the fans then it is because I try to give everything on the pitch. The fans recognise that I give everything that I have and I am very happy for that. I want to say thank you to them, and I will just keep going and give everything that I have.”
Levein also confirmed that the club are interested in signing Livingston centre-back Craig Halkett on a pre-contract agreement.
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