Leicester City’s highly-rated winger Demarai Gray is set to put pen to paper on a new and improved deal with the Foxes that will see him double his wages and earn up to £50,000 a week, according to the Mirror.
The 21-year-old was thought to be on his way out of the King Power Stadium during the summer transfer window after attracting interest from a host of Premier League sides including Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, who had a £25million bid rejected.
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Since making the move to Leicester from Championship outfit Birmingham City in a £3.75million deal back in January 2016, Gray has found it tough to break into the Foxes’ first XI, starting just 10 of his 46 Premier League appearances.
This season, the tricky wideman has come off the bench in all four of Leicester’s opening league fixtures and is determined to not allow his current contract negotiations to get in the way of his football, as he looks to force himself into manager Craig Shakespeare’s starting line-up.
“We’re in talks,” Gray confirmed. “I’ll let my representatives deal with that and I’ll just concentrate on playing football.
“I had a run around for 45 minutes against Chelsea, which is good for me, and hopefully I can turn it into starts. I want to work hard and get myself into the team.”
Shakespeare is well aware of the talent that the 21-year-old possesses and believes that the Englishman will go on to form a vital part of this Leicester side.
“He has a big future at this football club and he is very well thought of,” Claudio Ranieri’s successor said.
“Hopefully, we can resolve that contract, which is ongoing. I have spoken to Demarai, he is in a good place, and knows how valued he is here. He wants more game time and, in an ideal world, we want to give him that game time and he wants to develop here.”
With Algeria international Riyad Mahrez unlikely to remain at the King Power for much longer, Gray must make sure to take the opportunities presented to him in order to prove to Shakespeare that he could be a like-for-like replacement for the wantaway 26-year-old.
Leicester will be hoping to get back to winning ways this weekend when they take on new-boys Huddersfield Town, having suffered back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea.