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Ryan Gauld Considering Joint Citizenship After Four Years in Portugal

Ryan Gauld Considering Joint Citizenship After Four Years in Portugal

Former Dundee United winger Ryan Gauld is considering applying for Portuguese citizenship, four years after signing for Sporting Lisbon.

The 22-year-old attacker was once the most exciting prospect in Scottish football when he broke into the Tannadice first-team at the age of just 16, and he won his glamour move to the Liga NOS side back in 2014.

the ex-United star is currently on loan at CD Aves as he looks to impress and break into the Sporting first team, and if he stays in Portugal beyond this summer, he he would be eligible for dual nationality.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail, Gauld explained: “I feel I have progressed well since coming to Portugal.

“There may not be the game time to quite show it but I believe I am a much better player, better off for being here rather than staying at home.

“I knew it would not happen straight away. It was a six-year contract and it was about patience.

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“I felt the longer I stuck it out, the better it was going to be. I still feel that. I know I’m a better player and a more mature person.”

On dual nationality he added: “Apart from anything else, it may be handy as Britain leaves the EU.”

Whilst he’s still a pretty young player, it’s fair to say Gauld’s move to Sporting hasn’t gone exactly how he would’ve hoped so far.

The midfielder is yet to be capped by Scotland – but perhaps he could be nicked by Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal for the 2020 Euros.

Stranger things have happened!

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