Reggae Boy Demarai Gray has completed an £8 million move from Everton to Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia, joining forces with Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson at his new club.
Gray took a parting shot at his former Everton boss, Sean Dyche, expressing his feelings about the lack of respect he perceived from Dyche during his time at the club.
In a recent statement, Gray said, “It’s difficult to play for someone who doesn’t show you respect as a person,” reflecting his frustration with how Everton had blocked his attempts to leave before the English transfer deadline.
In response, Manager Dyche clarified the situation, stating, “Demarai made it clear that he felt he was getting a move and he told us a move was done, which was interesting to hear from a player.
We reminded him of the truth of the fact that no moves are done without this club’s say so.”
However, Gray resumed negotiations with Al-Ettifaq this week, and the Saudi club has now confirmed the transfer on the Saudi transfer deadline day.
Gray took to Instagram to bid farewell to Everton and took a dig at Dyche after leaving Goodison Park.
“After two years with Everton, it’s time to say goodbye,” Gray wrote. “I wish everyone at the club the very best and will be forever proud to have played for this great team. To the fans, you were always incredible – thank you for your support. You made it a privilege to wear the shirt.”
He continued, “There has been a lot of speculation about my situation all summer. The truth is, I gave my all to this club on and off the pitch through good and bad. I was ready to play as much football as possible this season, but it felt like this was not going to happen. It’s time for my next chapter. I am match fit and excited to get playing.”
Gray’s departure leaves Everton with a shortage of attacking options due to a lack of depth and a series of injuries. In their recent match against Sheffield United, Everton named just seven substitutes out of a possible nine, with two of them being goalkeepers.
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