Premier League target Ryan Gauld has revealed he dreams of playing in Spain rather than the likes of Manchester United or Arsenal, reports the Daily Record.
The Dundee United teenager has attracted attention from Premier League quartet Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal after impressing for the Scottish Premiership side.
Gauld, who is a Dundee United regular at the tender age of 17, has alerted Europe’s big boys by putting in a string of impressive displays and scoring five goals in 17 appearances.
Manchester United, in particular, were said to be keeping a close eye on Gauld – however their hopes of signing the attacking midfielder appear to have been dashed as the Scotland Under-21 star has revealed he has his heart set on moving to Spain.
Gauld said: “Growing up I always watched Spanish football.
“If you look abroad, especially in Spain, smaller players can flourish. In England, there are more athletes and with me being smaller, that wouldn’t suit me.
“Playing abroad would be the best culture for me to play in.”
“I prefer the style of the Spanish league, getting the ball down and being patient with the build-up and maybe in England it is more direct because if you are a winger you are expected to take on a full-back and get a cross in.”
Gauld - who has been dubbed ‘Mini Messi’ - also revealed he would be wary of signing for a big English club as he believes his chances of playing regular first-team football would be limited.
The likes of Arsenal and Manchester United will probably not be deterred by Gauld’s latest comments, as they see the starlet as one of the best talents to come out of Scottish football.