Hearts defender Ismael Bouzid has snubbed overtures from abroad to remain with the club for another year.
The 26-year-old had been linked with a move away from Tynecastle but has decided to see out the remainder of his contract.
Bouzid arrived at Hearts last summer from Turkish side Ankaragucu and courted interest from the continent after an impressive first season in the SPL.
The Algerian international has 12 moths remaining on his existing deal and after talks with Jambos director Sergejus Fedotovas, the player opted to stay put.
Bouzid's agent, Thomas Boehm, told the Edinburgh Evening News: "I have spoken with Sergey and everything is okay so Ismael will be staying In Edinburgh for another year.
"We had interest in him but we have to respect that is under contract.
"Hearts are a very good team so hopefully he will have a good season and we will see next season what is going on. Ismael was very close to making the World Cup with Algeria.
"He scored against Celtic last year, which was promoted around Europe, and a few teams showed some interest, but we told them he has another year's contract and that's it."