Leicester City starlet Demarai Gray signed a new contract that will keep the young winger at the King Power through 2021. The deal, reportedly worth £50,000 a week, will send a strong “hands off” message to Tottenham, Bournemouth, and anyone else who saw Gray play on Saturday.
#lcfc is delighted to announce that @22Demarai has committed his future to the Club with a new contract!— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 2, 2017
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As we have previously reported, the club has been trying to tie up the former Birmingham City man for two months now. Negotiations were slowed by the managerial uncertainty after the sacking of Craig Shakespeare and concerns about the England U21s man’s role in the squad.
The hiring of manager Claude Puel has given Gray a new start with the club and encouraged him to commit his future to the club:
"We obviously wanted to see who the new manager was and stuff, a bit of stability, but I'm happy playing football here and let my representatives deal with that side of it.”
In related news, odds on the Leicester winger making the England World Cup squad have dropped from 14/1 to 4/1 over the last 48 hours. If it seems a bit daft for the player’s outlook to have changed so drastically in so short a time, I encourage you to watch That Goal against Everton again.