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HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS FOR BERRA

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CHRISTOPHE BERRA has agreed a contract extension at Hearts and has admitted he wants to spend the remainder of his career at the club.

The Tynecastle skipper, who rejoined the club in 2017 after spells with Ipswich and Wolves, has pledged his future to the Edinburgh outfit by signing a deal that will keep him at Craig Levein’s side until 2021.

Thirty-three-year-old Berra, who has made more than 200 appearances since his first-team debut in 2003, is adamant there is “no better place” for him to be playing.

The experienced Scotland international defender said: “I’m really happy. I’ve made it well known that I want to stay and finish my career here, so, hopefully, that will be the case.

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

“I’m happy to stay. I come from this city, I started my career here and I’ve always wanted to finish it here.

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

Berra has been a key player in Levein’s team and has led by example since returning from English football.

The news he has every intention of playing the rest of his career at Tynecastle will be welcomed by the player’s team-mates, the supporters and, of course, his manager.

* Berra was speaking to Hearts TV.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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