Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare confirms Demarai Gray progress


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Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has confirmed that contract talks with Demarai Gray are progressing well.

The England Under-21 international’s current deal at the King Power Stadium is due to expire at the end of the season and he was heavily linked with a move away from the club during the summer, with Bournemouth reportedly lodging a £25million bid.

Gray was believed to be unhappy with his lack of game time at Leicester last season, but he has featured in all four of their Premier League games this term and Shakespeare has now confirmed that negotiations are ongoing regarding a new contract for the 21-year-old.

“It’s been ongoing with his representatives for a while but I understand it is getting closer,” Shakespeare said.

“The sooner that’s put to bed the better. He’s been training and involved in the squad as such.”

Shakespeare believes it is imperative Leicester tie Gray down to a new long-term contract, as he is convinced the winger has a big role to play at the club going forward.

“He’s an integral part of what we’re about and hopefully we’ll get that done,” the 53-year-old added.

Gray will be hoping to earn a starting berth when Leicester travel to the John Smith’s Stadium to take on Huddersfield on Saturday.

The Foxes are priced at 2.30 to win the match, while David Wagner’s newly-promoted side are available at 3.10 and the draw is on offer at 3.40.

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