Christian Nade: Romanov’s broken promise kept me at Hearts

Nade played three seasons at Tynecastle. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Nade played three seasons at Tynecastle. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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Former Hearts striker Christian Nade has spoken of how his three-year career at Hearts would only have lasted six months had controversial owner Vladimir Romanov not reneged on an agreement to sell the striker five months after his purchase.

It is a claim Nade made previously on the Monday Night Fitba podcast and he reiterated it when talking to Chick Young on the BBC’s World of Football radio show.

Nade, then 22, signed for Hearts from Sheffield United in the summer transfer window of 2007. He states that a deal was made for Nade to play at Tynecastle until the January transfer window, at which point his former boss Neil Warnock would sign him for Crystal Palace.

Warnock didn’t become Palace boss until October, while Nade wasn’t getting a look-in at United after falling out with new manager Bryan Robson. With Hearts needing a striker to bolster their attack, it looked like the temporary signing would be a win for everyone - until Romanov went back on his word.
According to Nade, Warnock made the offer from Palace in the January window and Hearts knocked it back. Nade would see out the remainder of his contract at Tynecastle before leaving in 2010.

He told Young: “I had three years with Sheffield United then the manager Neil Warnock left. He was about to go to Crystal Palace and he told me, because I wasn’t on good terms with Bryan Robson, that I should go sign for Hearts and that he would take me in January when the transfer window was open. He made an offer but Hearts didn’t let me go.

“I wasn’t happy because the deal before I signed was that they would let me go in January. Romanov didn’t honour his promises.”

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