Date: 22nd June 2016 at 8:57pm
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Neil Alexander has expressed his disappointment at not being able to extend his stay at Hearts, however the former Scottish international has insisted there’s no ‘bad blood’ between himself and Robbie Neilson with him happy to sign for Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen.

Alexander has said there’s ‘no loyalty in football’ (which I think we know anyway) after he was released by Hearts at the end of his deal with the veteran snapped up by Aberdeen.

Following his arrival at Pittodrie he told the BBC a deal was in place before the contract offer was ‘pulled.’

‘Everything was going fine. After the season I got a phone call from the manager, met him and they pulled the contract off the table.’

He added he would have stayed and had made up his mind to do so.

‘We had been negotiating a contract since Christmas. There was never any issues, it was just a case of getting the contract finalised, drawn up and getting it signed. We were at that point and it was just taken off the table.’

Whatever the reasons behind Neilson’s change of heart the disappointment of leaving Hearts is something Alexander went onto talk about having enjoyed a couple of years with the club as a player and coaching staff, so he’ll miss that.

Finishing by saying this is the way football goes expressing those lack of loyalty thoughts.

‘But these things happen in football. There is no loyalty in football, as they say. It happens all over the country. I was disappointed, I really enjoyed my time at Hearts, I had a great time, got on well with the fans and everything. I am disappointed not to be there but I am really grateful to the manager here (at Aberdeen) to give me the opportunity to stay and play at a high level.’

A change to the second leg of Hearts’ Europa League first qualifying round tie with FC Infonet has also been made.

This has been moved forward 24-hours to Wednesday 6th July. It will be played at the Lasnamae KJH Stadium in the Estonian capital of Tallinn following the first leg on 30th June at Tynecastle.

We’ve now seen this tie amended twice having been drawn away originally in the first leg tie but due to other Tallin-based clubs playing this was altered, leaving some (no doubt) out of pocket!

However the home ticket prices have been cut.

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