Perry Kitchen has gone from captain to player on the way out at Hearts in a short amount of time.
After being stripped of his captaincy in favor of the returning Christophe Berra, the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder is expected to find a new club this summer, per the Edinburgh Evening News.
Kitchen has fallen out of favor at the club since a managerial change in December after thriving in the first few months after his move to Scotland from D.C. United.
“That’s something for us, naturally he’s not had a great time personally having not been in the side as often as any player would have liked but that’s a personal thing,” said manager Ian Cathro. “These are things that happen as a team evolves, as a team grows and moves on. This is a natural thing and we all move forward. It’s important that the [captain’s] role is a more constant role and it’s also important that we have a number of players who live their lives like that.”
The report mentions Kitchen has a few potential suitors abroad and in the United States, but the player’s preference is to stay overseas for the time being. Kitchen would not be subject to the allocation order if he were to return to MLS.