End clap. Ninth in Ligue 1, OGC Nice comes out of a mixed year in view of the ambitions of its owner Jim Ratcliffe, boss of INEOS. The Aiglons, while waiting to know if Christophe Galtier will come and sit on their sidelines, are preparing the transfer window. Jean-Pierre Rivère, president of the Gym, spoke at length on the subject in a river interview published in the columns of nice morning. And if he remained vague on the Galtier subject, the French Riviera boss slipped in some interesting information.
And when asked if there will be a lot of rookies this summer, the answer has been clear. “No. It’s important to find the right balance. We identified the positions where we wanted to have additional, based on departures. The objective is to have a competitive team to achieve our objective, which is clear: to play a European Cup ”, he blurted out, foreseeing a complicated market. “It will be complicated for the French clubs. The Covid has done some damage, but there is also the unknown of TV rights. There will be lower purchase prices, but also selling prices ”.
In the departures department precisely, the Nice boss mentioned the Kasper Dolberg (23 years old) case, rather disappointing this season, which, according to our information, has desires elsewhere. “He had a good first year, this season he lived through difficult episodes, however: the various facts, the Covid twice, injuries, appendicitis, a little complicated physical preparation … I would not judge a boy like him on this season. (So you still believe in him?) Of course », he confided before insisting.
Reflection for Saliba and Todibo, hands off Gouiri
“We want to keep it. If he wants to stay? It is to him that the question must be asked. I think it will be in demand, but our wish is to keep it ”, he said. OGCN also hopes to keep William Saliba (20) and Jean-Clair Todibo (21), on loan from Arsenal and FC Barcelona respectively. “William, if we could extend it for a year, we would be happy to do so. But it belongs to Arsenal, we do not have the hand. For Todibo on the other hand, we have the hand. It is part of the thinking of the next coach ”, he sent.
He was then much less categorical in the Jeff-Reine Adélaïde case (23 years old), loaned by Olympique Lyonnais with an option to buy at 25 M €. “He’s a Lyon player”. According to our information, JRA will return to Lyon where he intends to win. On the case Amine Gouiri (21), author of a remarkable season (12 goals and 6 assists in Ligue 1), Rivère played cards on the table. “I will be clear: our project is not to take young people to trade. We went through years where we had to sell, which is not easy to build over the long term. Today, if only for Julien (Fournier), I would dream of a transfer window where he has just two adjustments to make ”, he sent before continuing.
“The objective is to build a base with young people surrounded by executives, who progress together. Before, a player could leave for an average club. Today, either he will leave for a very big club, or he will not leave. This team has potential. And Amine expressed it in the press, he does not wish to leave Nice this year. We neither. We are not surprised by his talent. He went faster than others in his progression ”, he concluded. The tone is set. Summer will tell us if the course will be respected.