Hearts still want Skacel

Midfielder had been resigned to leaving Tynecastle

Rudi Skacel: Ready for a new challenge but Hearts have not ruled out agreeing a new contract

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Scottish Cup winners Hearts still want to keep hold of Rudi Skacel after the midfielder revealed he is looking for a new club.

Skacel has been a firm favourite among the Hearts following and he scored a brace in the cup final success against Hibernian at Hampden Park in May.

The 32-year-old has confirmed he has not been offered a new contract following a discussion with Hearts director Sergejus Fedotovas and appears resigned to moving on.

"I didn't speak with Hearts about any offer," said Skacel. "I spoke with Sergey a few weeks ago and we talked about some stuff but nothing about my future.

New challenge

"For me, it's important to find a new challenge because the whole package has to be right. I felt very well the last two years and I need a new challenge, so I want to see what will happen.

"Yes I am sad, but I cannot be at Hearts for the rest of my life. I have to take care of myself and make the best move for my career."

Hearts have responded to the Czech's comments by insisting they want Skacel to stay, but the club are currently reviewing their budget.

"Rudi has been a great ambassador for the club both on and off field and naturally we would be interested in the prospect of retaining his services," said a club spokesperson on Hearts' official website.

"The financial climate however has changed for most clubs in recent seasons and any agreement that could be reached would need to suit both Rudi and the club for it to be truly mutually beneficial.

"We would not rule anything out at this stage but whatever we do will have to give due consideration to the current financial uncertainty in football in Scotland and elsewhere at present."