Ryan Gauld: "I need to stay at Dundee United to progress"

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Dundee United teenager Ryan Gauld intends to put his dream move to England on hold in order to continue his development at Tannadice.

Dundee United starlet Ryan Gauld has said that he intends to put his dream move to England on hold in order to continue his development at Tannadice.

The 17-year-old midfielder has been linked with interest from Manchester United, Liverpool, Newcastle United and Everton in recent weeks.

"At the moment I think I need to stay at Dundee United to progress," he told the Daily Record. "To be the best I can be, I need to be playing first-team games. Playing abroad would be the best culture of football for me to play in.

"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 has scored five goals in 17 first-team appearances for the Terrors this season.

Dundee United's Ryan Gauld in action against Motherwell on May 13, 2012
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