Hearts boss Robbie Nelson insists “key player” Toby Sebic will not be allowed to leave the club unless his price is met.
Blackpool this week rejected a six-figure bid for the 23-year-old defender, who has enjoyed great form in recent months after initially struggling to make an impact following his arrival from Barnsley last January. Has picked up.
style – who scored his first goal for the club in the Scottish Cup win at Hibernian on Sunday. – is contracted to Hearts until 2025 and Nelson hopes to keep the burgeoning centre-back for as long as possible.
“He is a very important player for us,” the manager told Sky Sports. “Any player we have that is at Toby’s level has a value and that value is unmatched, so he will stay here.
“I hope it stays that way at least until the end of the season because we need it. The whole process is about building the team.
“There’s no point in bringing in players then flipping them six months later for money when we’re not sure the value is there.
“We are building the team around key players and Toby is one of those key players at the moment.”
Hearts have already signed defender James Hill and attackers Yutaro Oda and Garang Cole this month, and Nelson is keen to make at least one more addition, with Sheffield Wednesday’s Callum Pietersen on his wish list.
“We have some targets and we are still pushing to achieve at least one,” he said. “I want to get one before the weekend but I’m not too sure.”
Hearts and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon posted pictures of himself doing some light gym work on Tuesday, exactly a month after his season-ending double leg break. Nelson is thrilled to see the 40-year-old making such rapid progress in his recovery.
“First of all, it’s an inspiration to all the players here and outside this football club that, at his age, he’s eager to come back,” the manager said.
“He’s putting in all the work and doing everything he can, so it’s no surprise from our point of view because we know what a top professional he is.
“We have not set a timeline. [his return]. It’s just a matter of making sure Craig gets back to full fitness first.
“If you ask him, he’s pushing all the time but from our point of view it’s about giving him time and when he’s ready, he’ll be back.”
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