Dundee United prodigy Ryan Gauld has poured cold water on a speculated move to the Premier League, claiming that he is keen to stay in Scotland.

The 17-year-old – who has been dubbed ‘mini Messi’ – has been heavily linked with a big move in recent weeks after impressing so far this season, with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool all believed to be tracking his progress.

With the financial disparity between football north and south of the border, it has been speculated that Dundee may be unable to hold onto the wonderkid for much longer, with a £6m valuation having already been mooted.

However, Gauld feels that his best option would be to stay where he is and continue to develop where he is enjoying guaranteed action on a weekly basis.

“At the moment I think I need to stay at Dundee United to progress,” Gauld told The Mirror.

“To be the best I can be, I need to be playing first-team games.

“If English Premier League clubs came calling now I would have to think what’s best for me four or five years down the line.”

As well as some of the Premier League’s top sides, teams from further afield have also been monitoring Gauld.

La Liga giants Real Madrid are rumoured to have had scouts assessing him, and the teenage ace says that he wouldn’t be opposed to moving away from Britain.

“Playing abroad would be the best culture of football for me to play in,” he added.

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