Demarai Gray explains why he signed new Birmingham City contract, despite interest from Tottenham and Aston Villa

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Gray signed a new Birmingham contract, despite interest from Arsenal, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Liverpool.

Speaking to the official Birmingham City YouTube channel, Demarai Gray explained why he rejected Premier League interest to sign a new deal with the Championship club.

He said: “It’s a great feeling, signing for another three years. I love the place, I love playing in front of the fans and I’m just looking forward to get going. For me, I just want to keep playing where I am, and know that the squad is focused and forget about all to that [speculation concerning his future].”

Gray is seen as one of the brightest young talents in English football, and the winger enjoyed a breakthrough season last term.

The 19-year-old Birmingham youth product was thrust into the Blues’ first-team by manager Gary Rowett, and played 43 games in all competitions last term. He netted six goals and registered two assists, despite playing in a team who struggled for much of the season, and showed an all-round willingness to defend and work hard for his team.

Gray’s performances in the second tier resulted in increased exposure, and meant that a number of Premier League teams have been looking to sign him. reported that Arsenal, Tottenham and Aston Villa wanted to sign Gray this summer, whilst the Mirror claimed that both Bournemouth and Liverpool have been tracking him.

Losing Gray would have dealt a major blow to Birmingham’s future hopes of success, as he is only going to improve in the coming years. Due to his homegrown status and young age the Blues could have demanded a large fee for him, but getting Gray to extend his contract is much more valuable to the club.

There are no doubts that Gray will be turning out in the Premier League before too long, and his new contract means he might just be doing that with Birmingham City in the coming seasons.

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