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Goncalves to leave Hearts when contract expires

Hearts defender Jose Goncalves has revealed he plans to leave the club when his contract expires next summer. The 24-year-old, who spent last term on loan at FC Nurnberg, believes the time is right to move on after four years at Tynecastle.

"In January I will have been here four years. I've had a great time here and I've learned from a lot of different experiences," said Goncalves.

"I hope that, at the end of the season, I will go with my head held high. I hope people will remember me for all the positive stuff I did for the club.

"If I get the chance to go to another team in another country I will be happy.

"I hope the people here will understand my reasons for going. I've had four great years at Hearts and now I think it's the time to go to get new motivation.

"Four years is a long time at any football club. They have given me everything here and I learned a lot of good stuff.

"I can only be happy at the way the club have treated me, the way the players have treated me and the way the fans have treated me.

It's only been positive stuff. I will always remember Hearts."

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