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Everton sign ex-Bayer Leverkusen winger Demarai Gray on three-year deal


Demarai Gray joins Everton

Everton have completed the signing of Bayer Leverkusen winger, Demarai Gray, for €2m (£1.7m) on a three-year deal until the summer of 2024.

The former Leicester City winger spent only six months with the Bundesliga side before returning to the Premier League, becoming the Toffees’ third summer signing after Andros Townsend and goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic.

Everton have an option to extend the 25-year-old’s contract by a year at the end of his three-year contract with the Merseyside club.

Gray, who has linked up with Rafa Benitez’s squad in Orlando for the Florida Cup, helped Leicester City win the Premier League title in 2015/16 and has represented England at every level from Under-18 to Under-21.

“I’m delighted to be back in the Premier League at such a big club and I’m excited to play with the team and get to work,” Gray told EvertonTv from the Club’s training base in Florida.

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“Speaking to the manager and [Director of Football] Marcel Brands, I had a really good feel for the Club and I feel this is a place where I can continue to develop.

“The manager, with his ambition and what he has won in the past, is important and we’ll look to push forward and compete with the top clubs. I think a club of this magnitude has all the potential to be right up there.

“Collectively with what Marcel and the manager have said to me, everything fits, including the Club’s ambitions and goals. Everton are a very big club and the main objective is to be pushing and competing back up there in the table.

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“I want to work hard on the training pitch and work my hardest for the Club on the pitch.”

Gray, who will wear the number 11 shirt for Everton this season, began his career at Birmingham City, making 73 appearances and scoring eight goals for the Midlanders before joining Leicester in January 2016.

The forward was part of the Foxes’ stunning Premier League title-winning side that season at the age of 19 and became a key part of their squad ahead of a move to Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen in January.

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“I want to push on, be a pivotal player in the squad, help the team score goals and assist goals,” said Gray.

“I feel like I’m at a period in my career now where I can put everything together and achieve the targets I have set for myself.

“Personally, I just want to help this team succeed, win games and be up there in the table, and to enjoy my football.

“I’m a speedy, tricky winger who enjoys running with the ball. I like to play anywhere along the front three and I feel like I can be dangerous in all areas. And with the ability I know I have and the belief in myself, I can help this team.”