Dundee United’s Ryan Gauld has been generating plenty of headlines in recent weeks. The 17-year-old may have been rather lazily dubbed yet another ‘mini Messi’ but his performances have suggested that comparison may not be completely wide of the mark.
Of the clubs tipped to have been watching his progress, Manchester United and Arsenal have been most heavily linked with a move – with the Scottish side reportedly putting a £6million price-tag on his head.
However, it appears both clubs could be left disappointed both in the short and the long term.
Speaking to The Herald, Gauld said, “I’ve got to think what’s best for me even four or five years down the line.
“If I was to go down there (England) I’d have to think what my chances were of first-team football. If I was stuck out in the reserves how much would I enjoy that? I can’t just think, ‘It’s a big club so I’ll jump at the chance to sign for them’.”
So not only is he a very gifted young footballer with a remarkable eye for an assist, but he also has his head screwed on.
At just 17, there is no need for Gauld to move anywhere yet. And when those “four or five years” have elapsed? Well then he may have eyes not for the Premier League but for La Liga.
“Growing up, I’ve watched the Spanish leagues and prefer that style,” Gauld added.
“With me being a smaller guy, I need to think about what’s best for me and what’s best around me, and I think being abroad is the best culture of football for me.”
Aside from sounding far older than his age, it also seems Gauld has told his reported suitors in England not to bother, either next summer or when he has ultimately and inevitably become a Dundee United legend.
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