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Overseas clubs want Glory A-League teen

He's the 16-year-old whiz kid who's attracting plenty of worldwide interest, but don't expect Perth Glory ace Danny De Silva to leave our shores any time soon.

De Silva set tongues wagging at the recent Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, with the Young Socceroos midfielder scoring a goal in a man-of-the-match display against Colombia.

The teenager made his Glory debut last season as a 15-year-old, and has already been sounded out by some high-profile European clubs.

Glory coach Alistair Edwards dismissed claims Manchester United were keen on De Silva, but he had a message for all of the other overseas clubs trying to sign him: save your breath.

"They can call all they want and they can express their interest but, until he's 18 years old, he won't be going anywhere," Edwards said on Monday.

"He's really looking forward to the next two seasons at the club.

"His family wants to stay here and we want him to stay here.

"We all want him to play overseas (eventually).

"But it's better for players to go over as experienced A-League players - and hopefully experienced international players - as opposed to going over as promising youngsters.

"I can tell you so many stories of players that have gone over too early now wanting to come back because they get stifled in their development.

"History will show that it's better for our talented young players to stay and develop in Australia."

Edwards concedes there's no chance De Silva can slip under the radar from this point on.

But he said it was important to realise the high school student was still in the very early stages of his development.

"Let's remember, he made his debut at 15 years old and he's only played a few games off the bench in the A-league," Edwards said.

"He's not ready yet to even start in the A-league. So from our point of view and his point of view, and for our nation, it's better he stays here and gets more experienced."

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