Demarai Gray Signs For Leicester City
- Gray, 19, signs four-and-a-half-year contract at King Power Stadium
- Birmingham-born winger highly sought after following impressive Blues displays
- Gray has been capped at England U18, U19 and U20 level
- Foxes new boy set to join first team squad on Tuesday
Leicester City Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of England Under-20 international Demarai Gray from Birmingham City on a contract to June 2020.
Subject to his registration being approved by the Premier League and the Football Association, Demarai, 19, joins the Foxes for an undisclosed fee having built a reputation as one of the brightest young talents in the English game.
Speaking exclusively to Foxes Player HD, Gray said: “It’s been my dream to play in the Premier League since I started playing football so I’m very happy to join the Club.
"It’s a great Club. The facilities are great and for a player like me it’s an ideal place for me to improve. Meeting all the staff here, it seems like a nice family place, so I think that’s perfect for me.
"You can see how well the team has been doing this year and I watch a lot of football so I can see that the way Leicester City play suits my style.
"I only hear good things about Leicester and I’m looking forward to starting."
Having made his Birmingham debut aged just 17, Demarai has already made 78 professional appearances, including 51 starts in the Football League. His pace, work-rate and creativity have made him one of the most sought-after young players in the country.
Leicester City supporters will be well aware of Gray’s qualities – the Birmingham-born youngster having provided a preview of his attacking prowess with over the Blues back in August.
Gray has been capped across three youth levels for England – Under-18s, Under-19s and Under-20s – and in September 2015, he operated on the left wing alongside young City defender Ben Chilwell for the Under-20s against the Czech Republic.
At Birmingham since the age of 10, Gray rose through the ranks at the Blues before making his professional debut for the club as a late substitute against Millwall in October 2013. He went on to score his first goal for the Championship outfit against Blackburn Rovers in April 2014.
Gray’s stock continued to rise during the 2014/15 campaign, as his pace, technique and eye for goal strengthened his reputation as a future star. He played 43 times, netting six goals including a hat-trick against Reading in December 2014, and was named Birmingham’s Young Player of the Season.
Demarai will join up with Claudio Ranieri’s first team squad for his first Foxes training session on Tuesday, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup Third Round.
Click to watch Demarai Gray’s first interview as a Leicester City player, exclusively on Foxes Player HD.
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