Whizz kid Ryan Gauld has set his sights on the big time.
But, for now, he’s just happy playing a starring role in Jackie McNamara’s Tangerines.
The tabloids have been awash with stories linking the 17-year-old to the great and the good of European football, including at one point La Liga giants Real Madrid.
The latest tale suggest David Moyes’ Manchester United are keen to add Gauld to their youth ranks in a deal worth up to 5 million.
While he’s clearly flattered by such links, he’s not in the mood to jump ship.
Gauld, who recently signed an extended deal at Tannadice, is simply over the moon to be playing week in, week out for Dundee United.
“Obviously, it’s an honour to be linked with such teams,” said Gauld. “But I’m just happy playing here for United.
“As a player, it gives you a boost to see teams of that stature taking a look at you.
“It sort of lets you know you must be doing something right.
“My main focus is to stay here, play games and develop as a player that’s why I signed a new deal.
“It’s great to have played so many games this season.”
Gauld started the season not sure of his place in Jackie’s starting XI.
Just four months into the campaign, it’s little doubt that the gaffer sees Gauld as one of key players in his strongest side.
Gauld said: “It’s almost been the perfect campaign for me, because I’ve been involved so much.
“At the start of the season I hoped to establish myself and, so far, everything has gone to plan.
“It’s just about keeping my form going now and helping create as many chances as I can for the team.”
A recent graduate from the Scotland U/19 set-up to Billy Stark’s U/21s saw Gauld line up with team-mates Stuart Armstrong and Andrew Robertson on international duty.
Armstrong, the U/21 skipper, got the surprise call-up to the Scotland seniors for last night’s friendly with Norway.
Fellow-United man Gary Mackay-Steven has also received international honours during the break.
Looking up to the pair, Gauld is keen to emulate their achievements.
“If you look at Gary, he definitely deserved his first cap,” said the youngster, who made his U/21 debut in last week’s 1-1 draw with Georgia at St Mirren Park.
“He was involved in squads before, it was only right his time came.
“And then Stuart, too, has been around the fringes as well skippering the U/21s.
“They are both top-class players and I’d love to think I could get involved with the seniors at some point in the future.
“The only way that can happen, though, is by playing well for your club.”
It’s business as usual for United this weekend after the international impasse as they take on Partick Thistle at home.
Gauld is hoping for a bit more luck in front of goal than the last time out against the Jags a 0-0 stalemate back in August.
“As a team we have to be more consistent,” said Gauld.
“One week we look like scoring goals against anyone, the next week we struggle in front of goal.
“We need this weekend to be just like at Motherwell.
“At the moment, we don’t look like we’re going to concede, so it’s about us forward players to provide the goals.”