Panathinaikos signing Fyssas: Hearts owner wanted me to stay

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The defender, 34, quit Tynecastle last season after two years in Gorgie. He helped Hearts win the Scottish Cup in 2006.

Fyssas revealed to the Edinburgh Evening News: "When I said goodbye, Mr Romanov asked me to stay for one more year to help the team. No-one knows this because this is the first time I have spoken about it. I was with my manager and Mr Romanov called me and asked me to stay for another year but I had already taken the decision to go.

"I had two lovely years in Edinburgh and I wanted to leave space for the two young players, Lee Wallace and Jose Goncalves. I hope they take the opportunity and make a good career now because they have quality."

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