Mihair Popescu insists he’s determined to help Hearts get back into the top flight at the first time of asking.
The Romanian defender signed a two-year deal with the Jambos last month after leaving Dinamo Bucuresti.
Following a two-week spell in quarantine he finally got the chance to meet his new teammates and played 45 minutes in the Jambos’ friendly win against Partick Thistle two days ago.
Having enjoyed a spell at St Mirren previously, the 27-year-old kept a keen eye on what was happening in Scottish football over the summer, and he’s revealed his delight at being at Tynecastle as he focuses on winning promotion.
Speaking to Hearts TV, Mihai said: “I have come here to win. I accept this challenge, to be here and help my teammates and help the team to again be in the first league, and then the first six teams.
“I followed Scottish football and when I saw Hearts in this situation I was not happy because I want a club like Hearts to be there (in the top flight). It’s not okay.
“This is a new challenge for me and my teammates, for the team, for the club and for the city. We have to show is our place is not here but in the first six of the top league.
“When I was here last time in Scotland I was happy to play here, against Hearts. I saw the atmosphere, I know they are a big club with a big history in Scotland. My girlfriend and I also love the city.
“We have been here before but just to visit, and now we are happy to live here. I hope to prove that I am okay to play for this big club.”
Mihai’s interview is available to watch in full on Hearts TV by clicking here.
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