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Hearts keeper Kello sees no alternative but to leave

Hearts stopper Marian Kello is set to walk away from the SPL club at the end of his current deal. Kello has been frozen out of the first team due to a "political issue", according to manager Paulo Sergio after the Slovakian refused a move to Austria Vienna on transfer deadline day.

"I got into trouble with the club for not completing the transfer (to Austria Vienna).

"My current contract ends in the summer and I will decide what to do then.

"The interest from Celtic was certainly real, but ultimately they did not make a concrete offer, so I decided to stay a Hearts player for now.

"But I'm not going to negotiate a new contract - I'm leaving on June 30. I will wait for offers and I am open to different possibilities. I'll see how it ultimately develops."

Kello added that Hearts' predicament is, at least in part, behind his decision.

He said: "The club is for sale - the owner (Vladimir Romanov) has made that clear.

"Here you essentially have to look after yourself. The salary gets paid only after a delay. It is a difficult situation."

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