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Gray Lands Permanent Switch To Leverkusen

Gray Lands Permanent Switch To Leverkusen

Bundesliga club Bayer 04 Leverkusen have signed winger Demarai Gray from Leicester City for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £2million.

The 24-year-old, who won the Premier League title with the Foxes in 2015/16, scored 13 goals in 168 appearances for the club in all competitions, but was mainly limited to outings off the bench, featuring as a substitute on 94 occasions.

The former England Under-21 international started as an academy player at Birmingham City, playing 78 times for the first team, including nine as a second year apprentice during the 2013-14 season.

Gray told Leverkusen’s website: “It’s a great opportunity to gain a new experience abroad at a very attractive club. The whole world was watching when the Bundesliga was the first big league to start playing again last year after the break caused by the coronavirus. I like German football.

“I’ve seen how Bayer 04 attack, are aggressive with great technique going forward and like to dictate the game through possession. I’ll fit in well. I can, and I would like to develop here and be successful with this attractive team.”

Bayer Sporting Director Simon Rolfes said: “Demarai Gray is a tricky, very fast and penetrating winger who will give our attacking game an additional boost.

“He’s capable of winning out in fast one-on-ones and bringing his teammates into play. Thanks to his experience in the Premier League, Demarai is a player who can help us straightaway.”

Speaking to LCFC.com, Gray added: “Today I say goodbye to a wonderful club and family, which is how it is at Leicester City. I want to thank everyone at the club who has helped me to become a better footballer.

“My debut and winning the Premier League have been unforgettable moments that will be part of my career forever, together with the goal against Cardiff. It was a privilege to score that and to be able to dedicate it to a wonderful man and Chairman, Khun Vichai.

“I’m ready for a new challenge now and I wish the club and all my teammates a future full of success.”

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