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Everton transfer news: Demarai Gray joins Toffees for £ 1.6million after six-month stint at Bayer Leverkusen |  Football news

Everton signed Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen for around £ 1.6million, ending his brief stint in the Bundesliga.

Gray arrived in Florida, where Everton are holding a preseason training camp, to undergo a medical exam on Thursday.

The 25-year-old winger has signed a three-year contract with the Toffees, who have the option of extending it for another 12 months.

Gray said evertontv that new Toffees boss Rafa Benitez was one of the main reasons for his decision to move to Goodison Park, saying: “I am delighted to be back in the Premier League at such a great club and I am delighted to play with the team and get to work.

“Talk to the manager and [director of football] Marcel Brands, I had a very good feeling with the club and I think it’s a place where I can continue to evolve.

“The manager, with his ambition and what he has won in the past, is important and we will be looking to move forward and compete with the best clubs. I think a club of this magnitude has all the potential. to be up there.

Gray is Rafa Benitez’s third signing as Everton manager

“Everton are a very big club and the main goal is to push and get back to the top of the table. I want to work hard on the training ground and do my best for the club on the pitch.”

Gray only joined Leverkusen in January after a five-year stint with Leicester, and then recorded one goal and two assists in 12 appearances for the club.

The former England U21 international – who won the Premier League with the Foxes in 2016 – will wear the No.11 shirt at Everton.

Gray added: “I want to move forward, be a key player in the team, help the team score goals and help goals. I feel like I’m at a period of my time. career now where I can put everything in place and achieve the goals I set for myself.

“With the ability that I know I have and the confidence in myself, I can help this team.”

Gray will now join Everton’s team training in Orlando ahead of the preseason friendly against Colombia’s Millonarios on Sunday night.

This is Benitez’s third signing since replacing Carlo Ancelotti, following the arrivals of Asmir Begovic and Andros Townsend.

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