Heart Felt Loss
Updated Tuesday, 2nd June 2009
Hearts secured third place in the SPL but next season they will be without Christos Karipidis and Bruno Aguiar.
Omonia Nicosia have already secured Christos Karipidis on a pre-contract agreement and are now looking to pick up another leaver from Tynecastle in the shape of Portuguese midfielder Bruno Aguiar. Karipidis will be the centre of a press conference today in Cyprus to talk about his three-year deal and it is understood that the club will be talking to Aguiar's representatives over the next few days. A source at Omonia Nicosia confirmed that the club are exploring ways to convince Aguiar to move to Cyprus. The source was quoted as saying: "We are interested but until now I don't know if we will sign him. The player is positive to come but there is a lot to talk about in the negotiations, money and all these things."
Both players are a loss to Hearts and manager Csaba Laszlo was sorry to see them leave. he said: "I am sorry for Bruno, he is out. I think we gave him a good possibility to present his talent. I am sad to hear he has left the club and he won't accept our offer. The other side is my strategy, and I convinced Mr Romanov that I don't like to have too much gap in salaries. We must be serious. I can understand Bruno is not very young and we must accept this. It is always a question of money. Bruno and Karipidis had key roles in my team and I am very sad to lose these two players, not only because of their talent but their character."
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