SFA performance director Mark Wotte says that Ryan Gauld should not make a January move to the Premier league, despite growing interest in his signature.

The 17-year-old has become a major target for the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool of late, with the big three all keen to lure the player being dubbed ‘mini Messi’ south of the border.

Gauld has been in excellent form for Dundee United, with scouts from England and even Real Madrid believed to be sitting up and taking note of his fledgling displays.

Naturally, speculation has begun to suggest that a New Year offer may be accepted for his services, with some reports claiming that £6m will be enough to lure the youngster away from The Terrors.

However, Wotte believes that Gauld should stay in Scotland to develop and that he does not need to move to a different league to fulfil his potential:

“I would prefer him to stay in Scotland, play his games here, before getting a recognised move to an English club,” he is quoted by The Metro.

“I’ve seen some of the clubs he’s been linked with – it’s ridiculous.

“He doesn’t have to leave Scotland to develop. That’s the most important statement I want to make. He doesn’t have to move.”

 

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