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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 May 2006, 19:20 GMT 20:20 UK
McDonald told to stay at Fir Park
Motherwell striker Scott McDonald
McDonald wants to remain in the UK
Motherwell manager Maurice Malpas has told want-away striker Scott McDonald he would not benefit from moving to another Scottish club.

The 22-year-old wants to quit Fir Park to boost his international career after missing out on the Australia squad for the World Cup.

But, with the player linked with Hearts and Hibernian, Malpas said: "I don't see the point of moving in Scotland.

"I don't think he should move anyway and I've told him that."

McDonald still has two years remaining on his current deal and Motherwell are keen to retain his services.

Malpas spoke to McDonald on Thursday after he returned from holiday in Australia and the new manager has made it clear to both the player and club bosses that any bids would not be welcome.
He has two years to go on his contract and I want to keep him here for the two years

Motherwell manager Maurice Malpas

"To become a better player, sometimes it's the ability of the coaching staff which helps you do that and I believe we have as good a coaching staff as anywhere in the country," said Malpas.

"Scott knows whatever he wants will be determined by what he does on the pitch. If he performs to a high standard, great.

"But he knows he has to come back and play well for the club.

"I've spoken to the chairman and the board and I've told them I won't be encouraging any bids at all.

"As far as I'm concerned, Scott McDonald is a big part of our team.

"He's still a young boy, he's only 22, and we think the best place for him to develop is at Motherwell.

"He has two years to go on his contract and I want to keep him here for the two years."

Malpas took over this month after Terry Butcher agreed a move to Sydney FC, but McDonald is not looking for a return to his homeland.

He has been two-and-a-half years at Fir Park and scored 12 goals last season.

And agent Lou Sticca told BBC Sport: "Scott feels he needs to push up a couple of notches in terms of challenging himself.

"There has been continuous interest in Scott over the past 12 months and Scotland and England are his targets.

"He is adamant that he wants to leave and he made his mind up five or six weeks ago.

"It's purely a professional matter and has nothing to do with Terry leaving or Maurice taking over."

SEE ALSO
Malpas is the new Motherwell boss
17 May 06 |  Motherwell
Butcher named as boss of Sydney
17 May 06 |  Motherwell


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