Gray was born in Birmingham, where he attended Frankley High School and played for Cadbury Athletic's junior teams. He joined Birmingham City's Academy as an under-11, and took up a two-year scholarship in July 2012. In a 2013 interview, Gray assessed his strengths as "pace, dribbling and technique", felt he needed to "score more goals", described himself in three words as "bubbly, calm and happy", and named Nathan Redmond as the biggest influence on him since joining the club.
Leicester City have completed the signing of Demarai Gray from Birmingham. Although the fee is undisclosed it is understood an offer around £3.75m led to the 19-year-old leaving St Andrew’s.
Gray, who has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract, told Leicester’s website: “It’s been my dream to play in the Premier League since I started playing football so I’m very happy to join the club. It’s a great club. The facilities are great and for a player like me it’s an ideal place for me to improve. Meeting all the staff here, it seems like a nice family place, so I think that’s perfect for me.
The whole Foxes squad were flown down to London for the swanky evening following their 4-0 victory over Swansea in the afternoon.
“You can see how well the team has been doing this year and I watch a lot of football so I can see that the way Leicester City play suits my style. I only hear good things about Leicester and I’m looking forward to starting.”
The 19-year-old was screamed at by officials at London's Battersea Heliport before being escorted away from the area.
Leicester secured a fairy-tale first ever league title after Ranieri guided them to top spot ahead of the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.
“I want to add more goals to my game. My head’s in the right place – I’m happy, and I just want to improve. I’ve already said to the sports scientists that by Christmas I want to be bigger and stronger, which will help me perform better. A lot of it is down to myself and hard work.”
In the early part of the season, Gray had asserted that "right now what's key for my development is playing games here", but that "I will know when it's my time". When Rowett selected Viv Solomon-Otabor to start ahead of Gray against MK Dons "with January coming up", it was clear that his time had arrived.
For a player so young, Gray carries and extraordinarily mature head on his shoulders and at 20-years-old, not many players can claim to have won a Premier League winners medal.
FameFlynet.uk.com Demarai Gray turning the wrong way while climbing out the helicopter
He added: “I want to add more goals to my game. My head’s in the right place – I’m happy, and I just want to improve.
“I’ve already said to the sports scientists that by Christmas I want to be bigger and stronger, which will help me perform better
But we also saw a defensive aptness about Gray, killing time when the Foxes were on the fringes of victory on several occasions. And few would be surprised to see the pacey winger given even more game time next season, as he potentially looks to break into the first-team for good.
“Some of the things the manager's said I haven’t quite understood, but then a few weeks later I’ve gotten it. I trust him. He’s got faith in me
Despite the success, there is a certain element of uncertainty surrounding the club. Whilst the majority of the squad have committed their long-term futures to the club, fans and fellow colleagues would have been disappointed to see N’Golo Kante leave the club to join Chelsea earlier this month. Also rumoured to be looking at an exit is Riyad Mahrez – another key figure in the side last season.
During the summer transfer window Leicester triggered a release clause in Gray’s contract but he decided to remain at Birmingham.
Mahrez watched on from the helicopter door shocked as Gray's need for speed almost left him in big trouble.
FameFlynet.uk.com Heliport staff direct Demarai Gray away from the helicopter rear rotor blade
The former Birmingham winger signed a deal with the Foxes in January, mid-way through their title charge, and its fair to say it didn’t take the youngster long to settle at the King Power.
A fleet of five helicopters were paid for by Leicester to ensure the squad got to the awards in time after their big win at the King Power which stretched their lead over Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table to eight points.
Leicester winger Demarai Gray appeared to cheat death after a close shave with a helicopter prior to the PFA Awards on Sunday night.
If Gray can continue to play with freedom then I’m sure it won’t be long before we see the youngsters’ name up in lights once again.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:34, 25 September 2016 (UTC).
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Gray's whirlwind six-month spell at the King Power Stadium also saw the then-19-year-old pick up a Premier League winner's medal.
FameFlynet.uk.com Demarai Gray walks towards the helicopter rear rotor blade as Riyad Mahrez looks on
And you wonder why Gray thinks he made the right call
Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante were all nominated for PFA Player of the Year, with midfielder Mahrez taking the award.
Often used as a second half substitute to relieve tired legs, Gray played as much of a part in the title success as anyone, using his pace to run at attackers when the game was coming to an end. It was a big part of Ranieri’s plan as the season came to an exciting end, but a tactic that proved extremely successful when it came to closing games out.
“I’ve already said to the sports scientists that by Christmas I want to be bigger and stronger, which will help me perform better. A lot of it is down to myself and hard work.
Leicester City's Demarai Gray says that manager Claudio Ranieri has already made him a better player after just six months of working with the Italian.
But again, at 20-years-old, to be part of such a special group of players is a real coup for Gray and it will really help his development. He is playing under one of the leagues’ most respected managers, in a squad where the pressure is completely off.
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The England ace also came second in the running for the Player of the Year award to teammate Riyad Mahrez on a great night for the Foxes
As well as Mahrez's gong at the awards dinner, Vardy picked up a commemorative trophy for breaking the Premier League record for goals in consecutive games (11).
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FameFlynet.uk.com Demarai Gray narrowly avoids the helicopter rear rotor blade as a Heliport staff member tries to direct him away from it
After all, with Big Sam taking the reigns at England, Dimmy could soon become a senior lion, as well as a senior fox.