First Team

Christophe: No place I'd rather be

29th January 2019

Christophe Berra has revealed he wants to finish his career at Hearts after signing a contract extension.

The skipper has pledged his future to the club after penning a new deal that sees him extend his stay at Tynecastle Park until 2021.

With over 200 appearances in a maroon jersey under his belt, the defensive lynchpin insists he’s in no rush to hang up his boots because he loves every minute of life at the club where it all began back in 2003, when he made his first-team debut.

Speaking to HeartsTV, Christophe said: “I’m really happy. I’ve made it well known that I want to stay here and finish my career here so hopefully that will be the case.

“Basically, the gaffer and Ann mentioned it to me and I said there wasn’t really any negotiating (needed).

“I’ve enjoyed every minute here and I’m looking forward to the two-and-a-half seasons.

“Touch wood, I’ve been injury-free most of my career, apart from that one bad one but I’ve come back hopefully stronger, so I’ll just take every game as it comes and every season and see where I am come towards the end of my contract.

 

“I’m happy, I’m happy to stay. I come from this city and I started my career here and I’ve always wanted to finish it here. There wasn’t really any negotiations, it was just same as and move on, really.

“I’ve loved every minute of it. There have been ups and downs and, as always, the fans expect a lot and demand a lot. That’s good because it keeps the players on their toes.

“It’s a great place to play and we’re trying to build something here over the next two or three seasons.

“The manager is trying to do that and hopefully we can keep all of our key players for the next couple of seasons.

“It’s a pleasure to be here. It’s a family club, it’s well supported and there’s no better place for me to be.”

Christophe’s interview is available to watch in full now on HeartsTV by clicking here.