Date: 6th January 2016 at 5:31pm
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Callum Paterson still has a contract with Hearts until the end of next season but he’s attracting plenty of interest from others, Robbie Neilson though is adamant he’s going nowhere though but the future of Osman Sow isn’t so clear.

The Jambos had been hopeful of former Crystal Palace striker Sow staying beyond the end of his contract but with no sign of a new deal being signed so far he’s free to talk to other clubs with this what he’ll now do.

Sow isn’t against staying at Tynecastle with Neilson telling the Edinburgh News he knows the Swede has the right to ‘look around’ with him having no option with that.

‘Sow is one we’d like to get sorted but he’s got options. That’s part of football and part of life these days that players will look around. I’ve got no issue with Os at all. He’s been fantastic with us, he’s worked hard and scored goals. It’s up to him and his agent, they’ll be looking at other things to see what’s out there and that’s part of the game. Hopefully he decides he wants to stay here. If he doesn’t, so be it. We move on. Os doesn’t take anything to do with it at all. His agent deals with everything. Os is just a laidback guy who just concentrates on his football. He knows Saturday is the most important thing for him. Everything else outwith that – other teams or anything else going on – is nothing to do with Saturday. That’s when he makes his living and makes his reputation. He concentrates on that.’

The 25-year-old is someone Neilson remains hopeful will stay though with him also saying he wants him to focus on his football first and foremost playing games and scoring goals he’ll then ‘see where it takes us.’

As for Paterson the highly rated defender might be, as I say, ‘attracting attention’ but his contract runs until the summer of 2017 with Neilson expecting him to remain with the club until that time at least, certainly the end of the current season.

He’ll definitely not be leaving Hearts during the January transfer window with the Head Coach saying only a ‘crazy offer’ would change that stance.

‘There’s always going to be interest in the players at Hearts. Callum is a good player who has matured a lot in the last year. I still think he’s got a way to go before he’s ready (to move on) but it’s like anything in football, there is interest there – Callum, Sam Nicholson, Billy King, them all. It’s important we accept that.

‘There’s been nothing in terms of contact. The window opens today so nothing was likely to happen before that. Callum understands the need to play regularly so I don’t see it being an issue. Unless somebody comes in with a crazy offer, he’s not going to go. I don’t expect him to go.’


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