Hearts manager Robbie Nielson insists that they will not sell Scottish defender John Souttar unless they receive a huge offer for the center back. The defender is out of contract at the end of the season and will be free to talk to other clubs in January about a pre-contract. The club has offered him a new deal with a lot of interest shown by Celtic, Rangers as well as a host of Premier League clubs.

“From our perspective, he’s here until the end of the season unless we get a bid that we can’t refuse.” Hearts manager said talking about John Souttar. “Hopefully within that time, we can negotiate a new contract. The owner and Joe Savage have been speaking to him and we’ve made him a really good offer, so it’s just a case of trying to negotiate that. He’s still a Hearts player and we’ve had good negotiations with him. We’ll try as hard as we can to get him to stay.”

“If he does decide it’s time to move on, it will take a huge bid in January for that to happen, or he’ll see out his contract and hopefully leave happy,” he added. “He is a key player who will hopefully help us finish as high up the league as we can and go as far as we can in the cup, so you have to balance off the two sides of it and say ‘what is keeping him [until the end of the season] worth?’ and ‘what is a transfer worth?'”

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