Manchester United & Arsenal target urged to stay in Scotland

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Arsenal and Manchester United target Ryan Gauld has been told he should bide his time at Dundee United before joining one of Europe's big boys, reports the Daily Mail.

Gauld, who has been dubbed the Scottish Messi, is being watched by a number of Europe's biggest clubs.

Scottish sensation Gauld, 17, has been in fine form Dundee United this season, scoring five goals in 16 games for Jackie McNamara's side.

However - despite the teenager's recent success - SFA performance director Mark Wotte has told Gauld to reject the likes of Premier League champions Manchester United, European giants Real Madrid and Arsenal.

The Dutchman, who has been keeping a close eye on Gauld's career, believes he should continue his progression at Tannadice.

"When the time comes to go down south or to another club, that’s really hard. I wouldn’t advise taking a massive step," said Wotte.

"I mean, people are talking about Real Madrid being interested in Ryan Gauld. For me, that is ridiculous.

"Maybe in two or three years’ time. But, if he ends up being part of the academy at Real, he could disappear in the numbers — because they have five, six or seven Ryan Gaulds.

"He can stay with Dundee United and get another 100 games under his belt, he’d still only be 19. Or he gets a move within Scotland, to a bigger club, the obvious being Celtic or Rangers — that could happen in a couple of years. That would also give a development to his career.

"There’s a lot of hurdles to overcome for him before he’s going to be a really top, top star player. But, of course, it’s looking great."

Scouts from across Europe are expected to attend Dundee United's weekend encounter against Hearts on Saturday, as they look to beat off competition from their transfer rivals to sign the highly sought-after attacking midfielder.

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