Skacel fancies Hearts stay
By Vasek Kadlec
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rudolf Skacel admits he would happily stay at Hearts on a permanent basis.Rudolf Skacel admits he would happily stay at Hearts on a permanent basis.
The Czech Republic international is spending the season on loan at Hearts from Marseille and has made a stunning start to his SPL career.
He scored in the opening seven league games of the season and the midfielder has been a major influence in Hearts' 100 percent advent.
There have been whispers that clubs will try to sign Skacel in January but his agent has already dismissed the notion the 26-year-old could leave Tynecastle in the New Year.
Skacel, himself, has been delighted with his form in the Scottish capital and is relishing the experience after spending last season on loan at Panathinaikos.
He concedes he does not wish to return to Marseille next summer and is hoping Hearts' major shareholder Vladimir Romanov keeps him in Edinburgh.
"I don't want to reveal what we have talked about, it's only between the two of us," Skacel told Pravo.
"It was quite difficult because my English is not excellent and he doesn't speak English at all so we had to use the finance director to help us with the translation.
"I don't want to return to Marseille. I am happy here, I am successful, the team is successful.
"Hearts offer a more advantageous option than Panathinaikos did. I knew from the beginning in Panathinaikos that I would be there only a year.
"But here? We will see."
Skacel also admits the ambition of Romanov and the rest of the Hearts board persuaded him to make the move to the SPL.
He added: "I was accustomed to playing for big clubs. I played in the UEFA Champions League in Panathinaikos.
"Most of us only know Celtic and Rangers from the SPL, I did not know where I was going.
"But there was a really big pressure from them. They called me or my agents every day.
"They were really interested and that is the most important thing for a player. They convinced me that they could build a team that will be able to compete with the Glasgow giants."