Bayer Leverkusen secure Demarai Gray signing from Leicester in deal worth around £3million as the Premier League winner quits the Foxes for fresh start in Bundesliga
- Demarai Gray spent five years at Leicester but has fallen down the pecking order
- The winger picked-up a Premier League winners medal after the 2015-16 season
- Gray has now become the latest Englishman to seal a switch to the Bundesliga
- Bayer Leverkusen have poached Gray, whose contract was expiring in summer
Demarai Gray has banked on the Bundesliga to revitalise his career, with the winger securing a January move to Bayer Leverkusen from Leicester.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers has not included the Englishman in his ambitious plans, granting Gray only 18 minutes of Premier League football this season.
With only six months left on his contract Gray has been handed a way out, with Bayer swooping for a deal worth around £3million.
Demarai Gray has quit Leicester after five years, moving to Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundeslgia
Gray has played just once this season, playing only 18 minutes against Arsenal in September
Peter Bosz’s side are making a run at Champions League qualification, sitting in fourth-place
Bayer announced the signing on Sunday, one day before the transfer deadline.
The winger will join up with fellow ex-Premier League talent Timothy Fosu-Mensah in Germany, after Bayer pulled-off another cut-price deal worth £1.8m to snatch the highly-rated talent from Manchester United.
Gray has been watching Leicester’s top-four battle from the sidelines this season but will hope to get more directly involved in Leverkusen’s own Champions League qualification push.
Peter Bosz’s side sit fourth in the congested Bundesliga table, with Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach all within a point.
Brendan Rodgers couldn’t fit Gray into his plans as Leicester mount a title challenge this term
Harvey Barnes’ sensational 2020-21 season has pushed Gray out of the picture for game time
With Bayern Munich’s dominance it’s unlikely he’ll lift a league championship though, having won his first during Leicester’s unforgettable 2015-16 season.
Gray joined the Foxes from Birmingham City halfway through the campaign and went on to make 12 appearances as Claudio Ranieri’s side shocked the world by lifting the Premier League title.
Though Rodgers had no room for Gray in his Leicester strategy, the former Liverpool coach was impressed by the winger.
Gray was part of Leicester’s 2015-16 squad which sensationally lifted the Premier League title
‘Over the course of time, he has not played as many games as he would like. He has all the attributes, technically he’s very strong,’ the manager said.
‘His best role is on the left-hand side but it has coincided with the emergence of Harvey Barnes, who has been outstanding in the time I’ve been here. So it’s been difficult for him to get regular games.
‘He’s been here a long time and he’s at the age now where he will want to be a regular, and know that he’s going to play in order to develop.’
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