Ryan Gauld says his move to Vancouver Whitecaps is not financially motivated amid talks of transfers to Asia, Celtic and the English Premier League.

The former Dundee United midfielder has signed a contract until 2024 with the Canadian side. Gauld was a highly-coveted free agent this summer after a great season in Portugal’s Liga Nos with Farense. Plenty of English Premier League sides were linked while Celtic were also prominently mentioned. There was also talk of a switch to Asia.

FC Porto v SC Farense - Liga NOS

Gauld was said to be attracting interest from across Europe. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Gauld was labeled ‘Mini Messi’ when breaking through at Dundee United and sealed a move to Sporting Lisbon in 2014. He said of his MLS move: “I’ve never been one to make decisions based on money. There is more to a career and more to life than money.

“This decision is down to the confidence everyone at the club showed in me, how much they wanted me, what they thought I could bring to the club.

”It seemed like every obstacle that could be put in my way happened. From not making flights to quarantine and work permits. It was a tough couple of weeks. There were plenty of mishaps but it never entered my head that it was a sign that I was making the wrong decision – I’m delighted.”

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