BRUNO DE CARVALHO, the president of Sporting Lisbon, has dismissed reports Ryan Gauld will be paid a fortune in bonuses at his new club.

The former Dundee United forward has joined the Portuguese side on a six-year contract, earning the Tannadice club at least £2.5m.

But the Sporting president was unhappy at reports that Gauld would earn a £100,000 bonus for qualifying for the Champions League, and an £80,000 bonus for winning the Portuguese league.

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"Some of the nonsense that has been written has been almost criminal," he said.

"It's one thing trying to criticise me, it's quite another telling blatant lies without any substance."