Dundee United starlet Ryan Gauld has revealed he is willing to stay at Tannadice Park in order to progress his career, according to The Mirror.
The Scotland youth international, 17, has been dubbed the ‘new Messi’ after a series of astonishing performances in the Scottish Premier League this season.
But Gauld, who is currently attracting interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid, seems unruffled by the transfer rumours linking him with a number of Europe’s most prestigious clubs.
“At the moment I think I need to stay at Dundee United to progress,” said the 17-year-old whizkid. ”To be the best I can be, I need to be playing first-team games.”
Gauld, whose current contract at Tannadice expires in the summer of 2016, has netted five goals in 17 first-team appearances for United in 2013/14.
He is among the most coveted young prospects in the U.K. but would prefer to take his talents abroad in the future.
“Playing abroad would be the best culture of football for me to play in,” added Gauld.
“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.
“If I was to go down there I would have to seriously consider what my chances were of playing first-team football and if I was stuck in the reserves would I enjoy that?
“I can’t just think that it is a big English club and I should jump at the chance to sign for them.
“I would really need to sit down and weigh it all up and think about what’s best for me in the long term.”
Gauld, valued at around £6 million, is unarguably the top player and prospect in the Scottish Premiership this season.
Benayoun to QPR
Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of former Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun on an 18-month deal ahead of the January transfer window, The Daily Mail understands.
Benayoun, 33, will be available as soon as his work permit application is approved.
The Israel international had been been linked with La Liga side Malaga and Stade de Reims in recent weeks after being by Chelsea at the end of last season.
However, the 33-year-old midfielder has opted to join QPR in their quest for promotion to the Premier League.
The Super Hoops are level on points with table toppers Burley and one point clear of third-placed Leicester City after 19 league matches.
The addition of Benayoun will give QPR an injection of innovation that has been lacking at Loftus Road.
Although Harry Redknapp’s side have conceded just 10 goals in the Championship this term (the best mark in the league), they have scored fewer goals, 22, than any other side in top half of the table.