Why Leicester City Winger Demarai Gray Was Never Likely to Leave the Club

Leicester City winger Demarai Gray was never likely to leave the club despite being linked with a move away for much of the summer.

The 24-year-old was the subject of reported interest from Tottenham and Premier League newcomers Leeds United during the transfer window, but no concrete offers materialised.

Rumours surrounding his future intensified after the Birmingham City academy graduate was once again left out of the Foxes matchday squad by Brendan Rodgers, when the Northern Irishman's side suffered a shock 3-0 defeat at home to West Ham.

But Gray isn't completely out of his manager's thinking, despite not featuring in the top-flight so far this season, with Rodgers confirming after the game: “He’s just outside of the squad. He’s training and we haven’t had any interest in Demarai.

Speaking about Gray after Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium to the Hammers, Rodgers said (quoted by FourFourTwo): “He’s just outside of the squad. He’s training and we haven’t had any interest in Demarai.

“He’s working hard to get back into the squad again. The squad has started the season well, so that’s been difficult for him. So he’s very much in the squad and unless something changes on Monday he’ll continue with his work here at Leicester.”

Turkey international Cengiz Under arrived in the summer from Italian giants Roma, forcing Gray further down the pecking order at the former Premier League champions. But with no bids materialising, the England Under-21 international has an opportunity to play his way back into manager's plans.

Since leaving his boyhood club in January 2016, Gray has played 168 games for Leicester, scoring 13 goals and providing 17 assists - although a lot of those appearances have come from the bench. He only has one year left on his contract with the 2015/16 title winners, and unless he improves on his three league starts in 2019/20, it could be his last.

Source : 90min