Former Hearts defender Aaron Hickey has admitted he’d love to move to one of the “big clubs in the Premier League” when he leaves Serie A side Bologna – calling it the “ultimate” move for any player.

The Scotland youth international has impressed in Italy since swapping Edinburgh for Emilia-Romagna, although he confessed he sometimes long for a return home to Glasgow before quickly snapping out of it once he returns to his adopted homeland.

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Aaron Hickey has called a move to the Premier League the ‘ultimate’ for a player. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

AC Milan and Napoli are just two of the big names linked with a move from the former Tynecastle star as he opened up on his future and his future ambitions.

“It’s a good feeling knowing there is interest from big clubs.

“For now my head is in Bologna but I want to try and go to one of the big clubs in the Premier League or similar. That would be the ultimate thing for any footballer.

“My pals all have jobs or are at college.

“They are living at home. One plays for Queen’s Park. It’s all very different. I don’t know whether they are jealous of me or not. They’d never let me know if they are.

“Sometimes I think it would be good to stay in Glasgow all the time again but when I get back out here, it’s fine. I miss my family and friends but I enjoy it out here, living by myself.”

Despite injury and Covid forcing Hickey out of the Bologna side at points this season, the young Scot has continued to impress in Serie A and it won’t be long before he’s being seriously touted to challenge the likes of Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney in the Scotland squad.

Wherever he ends up next, Hickey has massive potential and it looks as though the two full-back berths should be well-covered for Scotland for years to come.

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