Report dives into Rodgers past comments about Demarai Gray and what they mean amidst Spurs links

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The speculation linking Demarai Gray with a move to Tottenham Hotspur was reignited last week by transfer expert Duncan Castles.

The journalist suggested in last week’s episode of  The Transfer Window Podcast that Leicester City believe Gray is on his way to Tottenham.

Castles suggested that the winger could leave the Foxes after his contract at the King Power stadium runs out at the end of the season and will be free to talk to clubs from January.

The 24-year-old was linked with a move to Spurs in the previous transfer window, with reports indicating that Brendan Rodgers’ side were demanding £20m for his signature.

With the speculation linking him with the North Londoners once again rearing its head, a report from Leicester Mercury has forensically dug into Rodgers’ recent comments about the wide man in order to ascertain if there is truth to the rumours.

They relayed a quote from the Leicester boss back in September, hinting that Gray had refused to put pen to paper on a new contract at the club.

Rodgers is quoted as saying: “It’ll be up to him. He’s in his last year and he hasn’t signed another deal but, for me, I will always respect Demarai and what his wishes are.

“He is working very hard to play a part while he’s here. We’ll see how it evolves over the course of the season.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with him. He’s a good guy and has been here since he was a young player. While he’s here he will always be respected for his quality and what he has.

“He is now 24 and it’ll be whether he wants to continue in the role he’s played here or whether he sees himself going out and becoming a starter.

“He’s a good guy, got talent and while he’s here we’ll look to help him improve that talent.”

According to Leicester Mercury, Rodgers then said this about Gray on transfer deadline day in October: “He’s just outside of the squad. He’s training and we haven’t had any interest in Demarai.

“He’s working hard to get back into the squad again. The squad has started the season well, so that’s been difficult for him.

“So he’s very much in the squad and unless something changes in the next 24 hours, he’ll continue with his work here at Leicester.”

Despite the Leicester boss’ encouraging words about Gray, the winger’s only appearance this season for the club has come in the Carabao Cup, which suggests that his refusal to pen a new deal has led to him being frozen out of the first-team picture.

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