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Gray: Benitez, Brands convinced me about Everton; I want to help Calvert-Lewin

Demarai Gray is delighted with his move to Everton.

The winger joined Everton today from Bayer Leverkusen.

Before joining Leverkusen in January 2021, Gray built up significant Premier League experience during his five years with Leicester, playing a total of 133 top-flight games for the Foxes.

Gray is now intent on elevating his game to a new level at Everton. He explained how his conversations with manager Rafa Benitez and Director of Football Marcel Brands left him convinced he has joined a Club where his qualities can flourish.

“Speaking to the manager and Marcel, I had a really good feel for the Club and I feel this is a place where I can continue to develop," he said.

“For a player, it's important to feel their trust and belief.

“I obviously have to repay that on the pitch and deliver to help the team but, with what Marcel and the manager have said to me, everything fits, including the Club's ambitions and goals.

“Speaking to the manager gave me the feeling he is someone who is very passionate, ambitious and can help me develop.

“That's key because that's the main aim.

“I want to work hard on the training pitch and work my hardest for the Club on the pitch. The objective is to be pushing and competing high up in the table."

Gray has represented England at every level from Under-18 to Under-21 and has played alongside Everton trio Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jonjoe Kenny and Jordan Pickford for his country.

The Birmingham-born winger expressed his desire to provide a steady stream of service for striker Calvert-Lewin, who finished last season as the Blues' top scorer with 21 goals from 39 appearances

“I've played with a few of the boys for England Under-21s so it's always nice to see a few familiar faces," Gray also told evertontv.

“Dom's kicked on massively with his goals and, for me, as a winger, that's the type of player you want in the box.

“My job is to feed him for him to put the ball in the net.

“We've got top international players in the squad and I think we have a good balance. It's an exciting time."

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