Gary Rowett comments on future of Tottenham, Aston Villa-linked Demarai Gray

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The Birmingham winger has been linked with summer moves to Tottenham and Aston Villa.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Gary Rowett has played down the chances that Demarai Gray will be a Blues player next season, despite heavy interest from a wealth of Premier League clubs.

He said: “It would have to be a sizeable bid, [but] it would [also] have to be Demarai wanting to leave and it would have to be right for everybody. He has got a year left on his contract, he is under 24 anyway by a long way, so therefore there are compensation issues.

“And as far as I am concerned he is our player and I am really looking forward to working with him next year because I think if we can keep him for next year. I think he is enjoying his football, he is living at home, he is comfortable and for me that’s a big thing for a young player.”

Rowett certainly sounds confident that Gray will be turning out at St Andrew’s next season, despite the fact that the Daily Mail and Goal have named the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, Aston Villa and West Ham as keen trackers of the 18-year-old wonderkid.

Gray has truly burst onto the scene this term, and the English youth international is considered one of the best talents outside of the Premier League, despite his young age.

He has been called up to the England Under-21 squad for post-season action, and after his six goals in 41 games, it is hard to deny that he desires it.

Gray is a tricky winger who has an eye for goal and an incredible work rate on top of that. Birmingham may have endured a rather mediocre season, but the breakthrough of the youngster has given a lot to shout about.

He still has a year left on his contract, and Rowett believes Birmingham have no need to sell their starlet this summer, meaning that all the clubs interested in him should be disappointed, as their chances of signing Gray look to have diminished.

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