Lewis Neilson has spoken publicly for the first time since his contentious switch from Dundee United to Hearts.
The transfer has sparked a compensation wrangle between the Premiership rivals.
Neilson, 19, spent nine years on the books at Tannadice, making 19 senior appearances including 10 outings last term.
That would ordinarily be worth a six-figure sum in the form of development compensation.
However, some reports have cited a supposed failure by United to protect their right to recompense.
“It’s nothing to do with me,” Neilson told the Edinburgh Evening News. “I had the opportunity to come to Hearts.
“I had a good conversation with the gaffer and felt this was the right place for me to go and play first-team football this season.
“I think that’s what I need. I’m just ignoring that, it’s between the two clubs. I’m just getting on with my football.
“To be honest, I don’t really know the rules. That’s why I’ve got an agent, he’s dealing with that for me. I’m just here to play football. Whatever it is, I’m sure the clubs will sort it out between themselves.”
Social media blackout
Neilson is adamant his sole focus has been on football, steering clear of the bureaucratic bickering.
✍️ Robbie Neilson continues to build his squad for next season’s domestic and European campaign with the acquisition of highly-rated defender Lewis Neilson on a free transfer from Dundee United.
— Heart of Midlothian FC (@JamTarts) June 9, 2022
However, he did take measures to avoid any initial backlash.
“When I first signed here, I maybe got stick from some of the United fans,” he continued.
“I deleted social media for a couple of weeks, just got into training and focused on the football.
“The boys helped me settle in so it was easy enough for me to block it out. I’m not sure if there was anybody trying to get to me, especially being a young boy they might just let you off a bit.
“It was easy enough to ignore it.”