Transfer news: Dundee United have no need to sell exciting youngsters
Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson says the club have no intention of cashing in on their talented youngsters.
Last Updated: 17/05/14 12:30pm
The 2013/14 campaign has been a productive one at Tannadice, with a fourth place finish secured in the Scottish Premiership and a day out at Parkhead booked in the Scottish Cup final.
Success has been achieved with an exciting crop of promising talent which includes Ryan Gauld, Stuart Armstrong, Andy Robertson, John Souttar and Gary Mackay-Steven.
The majority of those are already generating transfer gossip, but Thompson is convinced that their services can be retained and that interest from afar can be seen off.
He told the Daily Record: "We don't have to sell so it puts us in a strong position if there are approaches. We're in the best place financially for about 18 years.
"Every player, except one, has at least two years left on their contract. Unless the offer is right in the summer then we won't be selling. It would be great to get another year out of these players.
"The good thing is that a lot of our kids are in no rush to go anywhere. They realise they have another year of first team football under Jackie (McNamara) which could be the best for their development.
"I just keep wondering what Ryan Gauld, Stuart Armstrong and Andy Robertson will be like in four or five years. There's no doubt they won't be with us, but they have great futures."
McNamara added: "You want to keep this group of players. They're not the finished article but the potential is very high.
"You're hoping it's the start of something."
Thompson has also revealed that discussions have been held regarding possible summer recruitment.
He said: "Jackie and I have been talking about five players and we're quite far down the line with two.
"There's no money in Scottish football. We've put aside some in the budget for transfer fees but it's not a huge amount."