Goncalves issues ultimatum to Hearts boss

Defender Jose Goncalves has warned Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo he will leave the club unless he gets regular first team football.

Defender Jose Goncalves has warned Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo he will leave the club unless he gets regular first team football.

The 23 year old has returned to Tynecastle after spending the 2008/09 campaign on loan at Nurnberg.

"I'm looking forward to working with Csaba - he's clearly a good manager because it's not easy to achieve what he did last year," Goncalves told the Sunday Mail, referring to Hearts' third-place finish in the Scottish Premier League.

"But I want to know what my future is at Hearts so I need to speak to him about it.

"I only have one year left on my contract so I want to know as soon as possible.

"I want to give everything I can for Hearts and produce my best form but I have to be in the team. If I'm not I'll have to look at other possibilities.

"It would be nice if I was part of the manager's plans and that's what we have to discuss. I don't know how difficult it will be to get in the team with Lee (Wallace) having a great season last year.

"I want to be here but if someone has other ideas we'll have to discuss them.

"If I'm not in the team I would prefer to leave in this transfer window. That would be the best solution. If I don't have a position in the team and can't show what I can do, there's nothing for me here.

"I have been linked with big clubs in the past like Rangers, Everton and Newcastle and I feel I'm getting back to the level I was then. After some injury problems I feel I'm getting closer to peak fitness."