Demarai Gray Extends Leicester Deal

Demarai Gray Extends Leicester Deal
Leicester City’s Demarai Gray (R) celebrates the team’s second goal with teammates during the match against Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester on October 29, 2017. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Leicester City’s Demarai Gray has ended lingering speculation over his future by signing a new four-year contract, the former Premier League winners announced on Thursday.

The England Under-21 international joined the Foxes in January 2016 from Birmingham City and went on to help the team lift the 2015-16 Premier League title just months later.

“I’m very happy,” he told Leicester’s official video channel LCFC TV. “Now I just want to kick on and keep doing what I’m doing. I want to be starting games and, for me to be doing that, I have to work hard in training.

“As a whole, we’re a good group and we have a good dressing room. Now I want to get my head down and keep kicking on for the team.”

Gray, 21, starred in new manager Claude Puel’s first game on Sunday, scoring the second goal and playing a huge part in Leicester’s opening goal in a 2-0 win against Everton.

He had been frustrated with a lack of game time under former managers Claudio Ranieri and Craig Shakespeare.

Sunday’s match at the King Power Stadium was just his 12th league start for Leicester. He has come on as a substitute 39 times.

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Iheanacho, Iwobi Nominated For Golden Boy Award

iheanacho, Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Arsenal, Alex Iwobi, Arsene Wenger, Golden BoyNigeria internationals Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi have been shortlisted for the 2016 edition of the Golden Boy Award.

Iheanacho who recently became the first Nigerian to score in the Manchester derby made the list having scored 10 goals in the 2015/2016 season and has three so far in the ongoing 2016/17 season.

Iwobi got into the Arsenal first team last season, scoring two goals and has become a regular for the Gunners this season.

The Golden Boy Award is meant for the best player under the age of 21 who play in a European nation’s top division.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford also made the cut.

The 18-year-old talent has enjoyed a stellar 2016 since making his Manchester United debut in February, including becoming an England international.

Tottenham also have a representative in England international Dele Alli. The 20-year-old scored 11 goals last season as Spurs finished third in the Premier League.

There are three representatives from Chelsea (Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Andreas Christensen and Nathan), while Manchester City have two (Kelechi Iheanacho and Leroy Sane).

Leicester City’s Demarai Gray and Liverpool’s Marko Grujic complete the list of 10 Premier League-based players on the 40-man shortlist.