In comments reported by the Daily Mail, Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare appeared to go some way to hand Demarai Gray the assurances regarding first-team football he was looking for as the winger continues to attract attention from the likes of Tottenham and Everton.
The Mail reports that Gray has been left to consider his future at the King Power Stadium due to the lack of playing time he enjoyed for the Foxes last term, and Shakespeare has tried to alleviate those concerns.
Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare
"He’s a player of huge potential who is rated very highly here among the coaching staff and his own teammates. Hopefully this season we will see him playing more," he said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
However, surely Shakespeare's public comments on their own would do little to appease Gray if they are not being backed up by the Foxes boss issuing much more concrete assurances to the youngster in private.
Though he has still has some way to go before he becomes a reliable winger in the Premier League, there is no question that the former Birmingham City starlet boasts a huge amount of potential, and it would hardly be a surprise if Spurs or Everton or any other top Premier League side was considering taking a gamble on him.
And if Shakespeare is not issuing more concrete assurances to Gray behind closed doors - there may perhaps be a very simple reason for his slightly evasive public comments, like trying to ensure the wide-man does not become complacent - and other clubs are making big-money bids for the 21-year-old, then perhaps the youngster will feel that he has plenty of thinking to do.
Leicester City's Demarai Gray