I was never offered new Leicester deal, says Gray
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I was never offered new Leicester deal, says Gray

Bayer Leverkusen winger Demarai Gray has revealed he was never offered a new contract at Leicester City last season. 

Gray signed for Leverkusen from Leicester after struggling to make an impact under coach Brendan Rodgers. Due to lack of playtime at King Power Stadium, Gray admits he knew had no future under the Leicester boss and decided to leave.

The 24-year-old's contract with the Foxes was set to expire in the summer with no new deal on the table. 

"No, there was no contract offer, there weren't any discussions about it," said Gray, who has signed an 18-month deal at the BayArena.

"I didn't go knocking asking for one because I wanted to be, if I was to stay, at a club where I was wanted and valued. I didn't feel that, I wasn't playing. I didn't take it personally - it's just football.

"We had quite a few chats throughout last season. It was a bit of a broken season, but it was made clear if I wanted to move on I could. I thought it was the right time if I'm being realistic.

"As you approach the last year of your contract you get an idea if a team wants to keep you. I had a few discussions with Brendan - open and honest.

"I told him how I felt and where I stood and we agreed these things happen, where you do need a fresh start. There was never any drama.

"It was tough to deal with because I applied myself right, still trained, and went in with the attitude hoping to get an opportunity."

Gray helped Leicester to lift the Premier League title in 2016 after his move from Birmingham City for a reported fee of £3.5. 

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