Hartley in Hearts vow
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hearts midfielder Paul Hartley wants to see out his career at Tynecastle.
Hearts midfielder Paul Hartley has declared his intention to see out his career at Tynecastle.
The Scotland international made the verbal commitment to the Edinburgh club after Hearts claimed the Scottish FA Cup with a penalty shoot-out win over underdogs Gretna at Hampden Park on Saturday.
The former Hibernian and St Johnstone player, who was foolishly sent off in extra time of the cup final, is ready to sign a new long-term deal with The Jambos.
"I definitely want to finish my career here," the 29-year-old told Hearts World. "If they gave me a long-term contract, then I would sign that tomorrow.
"Since I have come to this club, the fans have been absolutely phenomenal. I have found the right club and the supporters have taken to me.
"I enjoy playing here and hopefully, I will be here for another few seasons."
Hartley also gave his backing for interim manager Valdas Ivanauskas to remain in his post on a full-time basis.
"I would love Valdas to get that job, but at the end of the day, that's the decision of (owner Vladimir Romanov)," he added.
"But what we have done just shows you what a good job he has done since he came in."
Romanov, meanwhile, has hit out at various sections of Scottish football by claiming there was a conspiracy against his club winning the Scottish Premier League title this past season.
"In my worst nightmare, I never saw a season like that," he said.
"When I built the team, I built it to win the championship. But I didn't expect the systematic resistance from the whole surroundings.
"I didn't expect to be hit from the back by different people and different organisations, especially from the referees.
"There are parasites in football who just know one word - money.
"My goal next season is to make sure the parasites don't feed from this club.
"But I am ready. I will sew up my pockets, so nobody can take any money from me and I can concentrate spending it on the team."
Romanov remained belligerent regarding the future of midfielder Rudi Skacel following his declaration to move on from The Jambos.
"If Rudi has the chance to go to a good club, then we will give him that opportunity," he added.
"But if he is just being twisted out of a good club to go to a mediocre club by his agent, we won't let it happen."