HEARTS captain Christophe Berra has revealed he is “hurt and angry” after being axed by new boss Daniel Stendel.

The 34-year-old Scotland international defender has also been told he can leave the Tynecastle outfit, as Scotzine reported yesterday.

Berra still has 18 months left on his current deal, but has been informed he will be available to go on loan or a permanent contract.

Stendel has made it clear he has not been impressed by the club’s mainstay and dropped him before the turn of the year.

Berra, speaking to Sky Sports News, admitted: “It came out the blue.

“I just got married on Friday and then on Sunday I’m getting told I’m not involved any more.

“It did hurt, I’m not going to lie. I’ve done a lot for this club. I know it’s football, I know how it works, but I don’t think anyone represents the club better than me.

“It’s one man’s opinion. There are other ways to go about it, but I’m not going to throw the toys out the pram.”

Queried if the decision was financially motivated, the centre-back replied: “I asked that question to the manager, but haven’t got a straightforward answer.”

Berra’s imminent departure comes after veteran midfielder Glenn Whelan was released from his contract by mutual consent, as Stendel continues to overhaul his squad.

The Edinburgh club, meanwhile, have confirmed the appointment of Jorg Sievers as assistant manager until 2022, with the German having previously worked with Stendel at Hannover.



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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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