McInnes looking for balance

BY foxsports • April 26, 2013

Nice midfielder Eric Bautheac is set to snub reported interest from Newcastle and Marseille in order to stay with the club next season.

The 25-year-old has scored seven goals in 31 Ligue 1 appearances this season to help his side to sixth place, still on the fringes of the battle for Europa League qualification.

That has seen him linked with a number of high-profile European clubs, with Serie A side Lazio another reported to be monitoring his progress, but he is determined to remain loyal to his current employers.

In a webchat on lequipe.fr, he said: "Of course it's flattering when a club like Newcastle, OM or Lazio are following me, but I signed a three-year contract with Nice.

"I really want to experience the new stadium so I will do all I can to still be here next season. But we will have to see what the directors want."

Nice are due to move into their new home, L'Allianz Riviera, in September, a few weeks after the start of next season. The stadium will also be one of the venues when France hosts Euro 2016.

Aberdeen sit in eighth place in the Scottish Premier League, level on points with Kilmarnock but behind on goal difference, following their goalless draw with Hibernian in the former St Johnstone manager's first game in charge.

Finishing at the top of the bottom six is unlikely to boost McInnes' budget for next term but he knows finances are tight in Scottish football in general.

However, he also needs more information to make decisions on who to keep at Pittodrie this summer.McInnes, who takes charge of his first game at Pittodrie when Kilmarnock visit on Saturday, said: "We want seventh place. I think I know my budget for next season - that was regardless of whether we finished top six or bottom six.

"But we obviously feel that responsibility to finish as high as possible. Every penny is important, as it is at other clubs.

"You debate in your mind the importance of winning the next game and the importance of having a look at players who are out of contract and blooding youngsters.

"Hopefully over the course of the next four games we can get the balance of that right.

"Results are important but I think the most important part of it, when decisions need to be made, that we have a balanced view of that and be more confident making these decisions."

One player who is sure to be in the manager's plans is Niall McGinn, whose 20-goal haul in his first season with Aberdeen secured him a place on the PFA Scotland player of the year awards shortlist.

McInnes said: "Nial McGinn is a player I have admired for a while. I tried to sign him in the past.

"Nobody expected him to contribute the way he has in terms of his goal tally this season.

"His all-round play has been excellent too but that alone got him his nomination and that says a lot about him, that everybody has recognised what he has done."


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