HEARTS will bring Christophe Berra back to Tynecastle and make him their club captain for next season.
The club’s former skipper will be back in Edinburgh within the next few days after his release from Ipswich and re-gain the captaincy at Tynecastle.
Berra played 146 times for the Jambos between 2003-2009 before a move down south to Wolves for around £2.5 million.
The centre-back, has been one of Ian Cathro’s first choice target signings after it emerged that the player had approached Mick McCarthy about his desire to return to Scotland in January.
Ipswich and McCarthy have reluctantly agreed to allow Berra to go after his plea to be closer to his family, who remain in Edinburgh.
The former Celtic defender spoke to the media after his side failed to make it to the Championship play-offs about the Berra situation.
“It’s a situation we have been aware of for some time,” McCarthy revealed.
“He’s not doing anything devious, he just wants to spend more time with his daughter. Anyone with family can respect that.”
“Christophe has been fantastic for us. He’s been one of the best defenders in the Championship over the last four years and I didn’t want to lose him.”
Ipswich had an option on the 32-year-old to extend his deal for another year but decided to allow him to leave.
A grateful Berra made his own statement to conclude his 4 years at the club in which he won the 2013-14 Supporters’ Player of the Year.
“I really enjoyed my four years at Ipswich and I’ve only got good things to say about the club.
“I wish everyone there all the success in the future.”
Berra is thought to have been the target of Rangers’ Pedro Caixinha for defensive reinforcements after the Portuguese manager showed the door to veterans Clint Hill and Phillipe Senderos.
But Berra’s heart, it seems, is at Tynecastle and he will skipper the Jambos next season.