Viduka key to Boro plans

23 May 2007 10:58
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate admits that his plans for next season are on hold until star striker Mark Viduka decides whether to stay or move on. Southgate is keen to start planning for next term, but is still waiting to see whether Viduka will put pen to paper on a new contract. The Boro boss told the Northern Echo: "From his point of view there is no advantage about making a decision now as opposed to a fortnight's time. "For us it would be handy to know. It hugely affects what we want to do. If he was going to stay we would be happy to use the budget in other areas. "I do have ideas in mind if he was to go, but they are not clear cut. It's not at the stage where I have put in any bids. "There's a nucleus of this side I would not want to lose. But if someone offers you ridiculous money then you have to listen and consider. "I don't really want to lose players who have been influential for us. Keeping our better ones is a priority and we want to build around those."

Source: ESA