Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare reveals Demarai Gray talks


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Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare says he wants Demarai Gray to remain at the club and has revealed they have already held talks about his future game-time.

The England under-21 international was regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the country when he signed for the Foxes, who are priced at 1.83 to finish in the top 10, from Birmingham 18 months ago.

However, he has been unable to force his way into the starting lineup on a regular basis and reports have linked him with a move to Everton.

Gray was understood to be considering a move away due to his lack of progression at the King Power Stadium but the Foxes are willing to offer him more opportunities to keep him on board.

Shakespeare, who replaced Claudio Ranieri last season, has revealed the pair have already engaged in talks and insists he understands the winger’s frustrations.

“We’ve had those conversations,” Shakespeare said. “I understand the frustration of young players expecting and wanting more time.

But on the other hand they have to be respectful of their team-mates and who is in front of them.

“Hopefully he can get more game time. He’s a player of huge potential who is rated very highly here among the coaching staff and his own players.

“He’s a young lad and I understand the frustrations but hopefully this season we will see him playing more.”

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