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Tuesday, 19 May 2009 12:29

Bruno Aguiar happy with season, but heads for Hearts exit

Midfielder to end Edinburgh stint

aguiarThe agent of Hearts midfielder Bruno Aguiar admits that it is unlikely that the Portuguese will remain at the club next season, amid reports of interest from Dutch giants Ajax, as well as several Premiership and SPL clubs.

The former Benfica man is available on a free transfer this summer, with his deal at Tynecastle due to expire at the end of the season. The situation has led to much speculation over his next move, given the excellent nature of the 28-year-old’s performances for the Jambos this season, during which he has topped the club’s goalscoring charts with seven goals.

Old Firm duo Rangers and Celtic have both been credited with an interest in signing Aguiar, while Ajax of Holland are also thought to be keen. When asked about his client’s intentions, Aguiar’s agent, Paulo Barbosa, admitted that he expects the player to move on during the close season.

“We will see. The first option is for Bruno to stay in Scotland, as he likes it there, but with another club,“ Barbosa said. “We are  in talks with other Scottish clubs. With Hearts, I think it is finished. Bruno will finish the contract and then he will be a free agent. We will see what happens in the weeks ahead.”

Aguiar’s efforts this season, having struggled for fitness during much of his Hearts career, has seen him become an immensely popular figure with the club’s fans, with the supporters using the weekend victory over Dundee United to urge the player to sign a new deal.

“It has been one of my better moments,” Aguiar told the Portuguese press this week. “I have scored seven goals in the championship and this, having recovered from serious injury, has restored my confidence.”

On his team’s overall performance, the midfielder added: “We lacked a little in organisation, but the arrival of the new manager allowed us to improve in this regard. We have had a season in which we have exceeded expectations - we are in 3rd place when we finished in 8th last year. It looks like the future will be very interesting…”

By Sean Gillen

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