Hearts plan talks over deal for Miguel Pallardo

Miguel Pallardo has been impressive in the Hearts midfield
Miguel Pallardo has been impressive in the Hearts midfield
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MIGUEL PALLARDO’S agent will fly into Edinburgh next month to finalise negotiations with Hearts on a new long-term contract for the Spaniard.

Clive Jagger is due to meet Craig Levein, the club’s director of football, in mid-April and hopes to agree a deal to keep the midfielder at Tynecastle for several years.

Pallardo joined Hearts last September on a contract until the end of the season and has been a huge success. His cultured midfield performances have contributed to a league title win and, with promotion to the Scottish Premiership now secured, he is keen to extend his time in Edinburgh.

Levein and head coach Robbie Neilson want to keep the 28-year-old and hope to complete talks on a new contract during next month’s meeting with Jagger. All parties have indicated they would like a longer-term deal to allow Pallardo to continue his career at the top level of Scottish football.

His career in Spain included clubs like Valencia, Getafe and Levante before he was persuaded to try Scotland last year. He has made 19 appearances in maroon so far, scoring one goal, and established himself as a favourite amongst Hearts supporters, who will be delighted at the prospect of him staying long term.

“There is a meeting organised in the very near future and we’re all looking at it very positively,” Jagger told the Evening News today. “Miguel is very happy at the moment with the way things are going, especially now that promotion is confirmed. Hopefully, he will be continuing at Hearts for a few more years.”