Former Dundee United youngster Ryan Gauld admits he is frustrated by a lack of playing time with Sporting Lisbon.
The youngster, who has a 48m pounds buy-out clause, signed a six-year deal in summer 2014, but has made just two first-team appearances.
“I think my development has slowed down a little bit,” he told reporters. “It’s nearing the end of my second year in the B team. To be perfectly honest, it’s not what I hoped for.
“A transfer would be difficult but hopefully in the summer, if I’m not going to be in the first team, then they would be open to me going out on loan.
Here’s a full transcript of his interview
‘It’s nearing the end of my second year in the B team. To be perfectly honest, it’s not what I hoped for. It has slowed down in the last few months and that’s why I was hoping to go out on loan and play first-team games as that would accelerate my development again.
‘Sporting said: “No” when I asked about the possibility of a loan move. There was a bit of interest but Sporting said they wanted to keep me and that’s how it went.
‘They still want me around the training ground and they see me as a future first-team player. That is really positive so I need to trust their word and hopefully they will keep their word.
‘There isn’t long until the end of the season. It’s eight weeks after I return to Portugal. So we will see what’s going to happen next season. I need to get back and do pre-season training and prove I’m ready for a first-team place.
‘The main thing for me is starting pre-season and trying to kick on and be a lot more involved with the A Team.’ Gauld will not wait around forever to make it in Lisbon, however.
‘Sporting don’t spend a lot of money on players so they still see me as an investment,’ he said.
‘So a transfer would be difficult. But hopefully in the summer, if I’m not going to be in the first team, then they would be open to me going out on loan.
‘That would help me to develop more. But I would need to sit down with them and see what they think is best, so I’d just go with the