Gray expects Toffees challenge

23 July 2021 00:33:22 GMTPlus10

Demarai Gray says he is "excited to play" for Everton after completing his move from Bayer Leverkusen and is hoping to help the club push on under Rafael Benitez.

The former England Under-21 international has put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal, with the option for a fourth season, and the Toffees are 12/1 to finish in the top four of the Premier League next term.

Gray returns to England's top-flight after less than six months at Leverkusen, who signed the winger from Leicester City in January this year on an 18-month contract, but have already decided to part ways.

During his time in Germany, the 25-year-old featured in 10 Bundesliga games, scoring one goal in the process, while he also appeared twice in the Europa League.

I think a club of this magnitude has all the potential to be right up there.

Demarai Gray

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Now back in England, Gray is looking forward to linking up with Everton's new boss Benitez and attempting to help the Merseyside outfit on their 10th-place finish last term.

"I'm delighted to be back in the Premier League at such a big club and I'm excited to play with the team and get to work," he told evertontv from the club's training base in Florida.

"Speaking to the manager and Marcel Brands, I had a really good feel for the club and I feel this is a place where I can continue to develop.

"The manager, with his ambition and what he has won in the past, is important and we'll look to push forward and compete with the top clubs. I think a club of this magnitude has all the potential to be right up there."

Gray, who helped the Foxes win the 2015/16 Premier League title, will be hoping to make his league debut for Everton in the home clash against Southampton on 14th August.

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