Craig Levein has confirmed Hearts are in conversation with Aaron Hickey over a new deal, although talks are becoming ‘difficult’.

The 17-year-old has excelled at Tynecastle since making his debut in May. After starting the Scottish Cup final at 16, he became the youngest ever scorer in an Edinburgh derby against Hibs recently.

A promising talent. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

His slightly deflected effort from range looped over Chris Maxwell to give the Jambos a 2-1 win.

Ahead of their match with Aberdeen, Levein provided an insight into Hickey’s contract negotiations.

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He told The Herald (Page six, 25/09/19): “We’re in the middle of that [contract negotiations]. It’s been quite difficult.

Difficulties have emerged.  (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

“He doesn’t have an agent. I’ve been dealing with his dad and it’s been a little bit drawn out. However, it’s not bothering the boy. It’s not something he’s overly concerned about.”

Hearts need Hickey tied down long-term

At least the contract talks aren’t affecting Hickey as of yet, but this will be a slight worry for Levein and Hearts.

The 17-year-old is fast becoming their hottest prospect and they will want him tied down on a long-term deal to increase his market value.

Hearts boss Levein wants Hickey long-term. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Recently, a report linked the full-back to Manchester City (Daily Mail, 24/08/19, backpage). They aren’t short of cash and if they formalised their interest, the Jambos would have a decision to make.

First of all though they’ll want the teenager signed up at Tynecastle for the foreseeable future, Not only will they not want lose him on the cheap further down the line, they’ll want Hickey to wear maroon for many years.

Levein will be hoping contract talks become less ‘difficult’ before the sharks start circling.

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