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Paul Hartley 'not on transfer list' say Bristol City

Paul Hartley
Hartley has represented Scotland 22 times

Bristol City have denied reports that Scottish international midfielder Paul Hartley has been transfer-listed.

Hartley, 33, still has a year to run on his contract at Ashton Gate but has been linked with a move to Hearts, one of his former clubs.

Chief executive Colin Sexstone told the club's website: "There has been absolutely no dialogue between Bristol City and Hearts.

"I can say categorically that Paul is not on the transfer list."

Added Sexstone: "I'm not sure where these stories come from but people are playing with words and getting it wrong.

"He [Hartley] remains an important member of the squad."

Hartley joined City in July last year on a free transfer from Celtic and played an important part in their Championship campaign, making 36 appearances, including four as a substitute.

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