LONDON – English winger Demarai Gray signed a contract extension that will keep him at Leicester City until 2021, the Premier League side announced on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Gray has been negotiating with the Foxes during the last months. Then-coach Craig Shakespeare said six weeks ago that the deal was going to be closed in the near future.
“I’m very happy. I just want to kick on and keep doing what I’m doing,” Gray told Leicester’s Web site. “I want to be starting games and, for me to be doing that, I have to work hard in training.”
Gray, a veteran of England’s U-21 team, joined Leicester in 2016 from Birmingham for 3.7 million pounds ($4.84 million).
But he has started in only 20 of his 59 appearances for the Foxes.
Last summer, Leicester turned down offers for Gray from Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.
The contract extension came after Gray found the back of the net last weekend in the Foxes’ 2-0 victory over Everton, which was Leicester’s first match under new coach Claude Puel.