‘Rubbish’ Hearts striker leaves after just four starts


Hearts have announced that David Vanecek has left the club by mutual consent – just five months after recruiting the striker.

The 28-year-old joined in January from Teplice on a deal until summer 2020 but was described as ‘rubbish’ by manager Craig Levein after being replaced just 30 minutes into his Premiership debut against Dundee later that month.

Levein later revealed that the Czech had apologised for not being in proper physical condition when he made the move.

Vanecek struggled for first team game time during the rest of the campaign, making only four starts in a total of seven outings.

The writing was on the wall for the marksman when he was not even listed among the substitutes for last month’s Scottish Cup final loss to Celtic.

Confirming his exit, a Hearts spokesperson said: “Heart of Midlothian can confirm that David Vanecek has left the club by mutual consent.

“The Czech striker arrived at Tynecastle in January and made a total of seven appearances for the club.

“Having found regular game time hard to come by in Scotland, the decision was made to allow David to search for more regular first team football elsewhere.

“The club would like to wish David all the best in the future.”

Vanecek’s former club Teplice are said to be monitoring the situation, as are Sigma Olomouc.

Hungarian outfit Puskas Akademia have been linked, while clubs in Slovakia are also thought to be interested.

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