Demarai Gray reveals how Rafa Benitez’s pedigree drew him to Everton

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Demarai Gray has sealed a return to the Premier League after signing a three-year contract at Everton with the option of a fourth, the Toffees have announced.

The 25-year-old Leicester winger, who joined Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for an undisclosed fee, is new manager Rafael Benitez’s third signing this week.

Gray, now in Orlando with the rest of the Florida Cup squad, said Everton’s website: “I am delighted to be back in the Premier League at such a great club and I am delighted to play with the team and get to work.”

He added: “Speaking to manager and (director of football) Marcel Brands, I had a really good idea of ​​the club and I think it’s a place where I can continue to develop.

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“The manager, with his ambition and what he has won in the past, is important and we will be looking to move forward and compete with the best clubs. I think a club of this magnitude has all the potential. to be up there.

“Collectively, with what Marcel and the manager told me, everything fits together, including the ambitions and goals of the club. Everton are a very big club and the main objective is to push and get back to the top of the table.

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“I want to work hard on the training ground and do my best for the club on the pitch.”


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Some familiar faces for Gray

Birmingham-born Gray, who will wear the number 11 shirt, started his career with his home club before spending £ 3.5million to the Foxes in January 2016, and won the Premier League at the age of 19 .

He has been selected by England down to the Under-21 level and is confident he can reconnect with striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose 21 goals last season saw Everton finish 10th, to good effect. .

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He said: “I’ve played with a few of the English Under-21 boys so it’s always nice to see a few familiar faces.

“Dom has scored his goals massively and for me as a winger this is the type of player you want in the box. My job is to feed him so that he puts the ball in the net.

“We have the best international players in the squad and I think we have a good balance. It is an exciting time.

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