Ismael Bouzid agent is due in Scotland next week to clarify whether the Algerian defender has a Hearts future.
The 27-year-old stopper is out of contract in the summer, although the Tynecastle side have the option of extending his stay by a further 12 months.
Agent Thomas Boehm is due to hold talks with director Sergejus Fedotovas and he insists his client remains keen on staying on.
"Ismael would like to stay," said Boehm.
"But I can't say anything more at the moment because I must talk to the Hearts director Sergejus Fedotovas first and then come to Edinburgh next week."
Dundee United have been applying the pressure on Hearts for third place in the SPL, however, manager Jim Jefferies is staying calm.
The Tangerines have slashed the gap on the Edinburgh side from 19 points to eight, although Jefferies knows they retain the upper hand.
"It's well in our hands, that's the bottom line," explained Jefferies.
"There is only one game left before the split so if we win next week and they lose, everyone will be saying it's over again.
"Getting over the line is the hardest thing to do in any sport. But I'm sure everyone would prefer to be in our position rather than United's."