Demarai Grey has revealed he knew his time at Leicester City was coming to an finish final season and hopes his transfer to Bayer Leverkusen will supply him a route into the England squad.
The 24-year-old turned the newest English expertise to make the transfer to Germany final month when he signed an 18-month take care of Leverkusen, regardless of reported curiosity from Crystal Palace, Benfica in addition to Monaco, and scored on his Bundesliga debut in its place in opposition to Stuttgart.
The transfer to Germany brings Grey’s five-year spell with Leicester to an finish and he leaves the Foxes as a Premier League winner, after being a part of Claudio Ranieri’s facet which gained the title in 2016.
Two years later, Grey memorably scored the winner in opposition to Cardiff City in November 2018, which was the group’s first sport following the tragic passing of Leicester proprietor Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died after his helicopter crashed shortly after the Foxes’ draw with West Ham on the King Energy Stadium the earlier week.
Regardless of beforehand being a daily in Leicester’s match-day squad, alternatives for Grey dried up in direction of the top of final season, with the previous England under-21 worldwide making simply two appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ facet this marketing campaign.
Grey revealed that he had spoken frequently to Rodgers over the last yr and it was the Leicester boss who advised him that he had no future on the King Energy Stadium.
Talking to talkSPORT at his first press convention as a Bayer Leverkusen participant, Grey stated: “We had fairly just a few chats all through final season. Clearly, it was a little bit of a damaged season due to COVID however he made it clear that if I wished to maneuver on, I may.
“I assumed it was the fitting time for me to maneuver on, if I’m being lifelike and trustworthy. I simply really feel typically, folks and gamers want a recent begin and a brand new surroundings and that was the place it was for me.
“Brendan had his beginning eleven that he preferred to deal with and I wasn’t a part of the plans actually, as I by no means actually featured and by no means actually travelled. It was robust to take care of, as I nonetheless utilized myself and nonetheless educated and nonetheless went in with the angle of hoping to get a possibility.
“I left the membership in a decent approach; I’ve a whole lot of respect for everybody on the membership. On the finish of the day, it was a chapter of my life I’ve taken many recollections from. It simply got here to an finish and I used to be prepared for a brand new problem.
“At Leicester, I didn’t get any momentum within the final eighteen months and a run of video games. If you’re an attacker or a winger, it’s troublesome to get constant numbers to your identify.
“I’m assured in myself; I’ve at all times been assured and by no means doubted my capability. I’m assured out right here that I’ll get that run of video games and can enhance as a participant and get significantly better statistics.
“The extra you do it on a constant stage, that’s while you begin pushing for England call-ups and that’s my prime objective. I’ve been in and round it over the previous couple of years. I’ve had a quiet 18 months you could possibly say, however I consider in my capability and I’m fairly assured I can get to the extent I do know I can.”
The 24-year-old isn’t the one participant from the Premier League who made the transfer to Leverkusen final month, with the German outfit additionally signing Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Grey added that it was a dialog with the previous Manchester United man which persuaded him to signal for the membership.
“Watching it [the Bundesliga] – particularly Leverkusen and the attacking depth they play with – I assumed it might be an ideal match for me,” he completed.
“I spoke to Timothy [Fosu-Mensah] concerning the membership to get an thought of what it was like and I acquired a great feel from it. It’s a membership that can compete for titles. After I put the whole lot collectively, it made sense to me and it felt proper for me, which was most necessary.”