Ranieri: I wanted Gray in the summer


Claudio Ranieri claims Demarai Gray;s ;superb; efficiency against Leicester in the summer season created up his thoughts about attempting to sign the talented teenager. (vist www.afifacoin.com) f

Gray was already on Ranieri;s radar right after the Italian had watched videos of Birmingham in preparation for the pre-season friendly involving the two sides.

But the 19-year-old definitely caught the consideration of your Leicester manager in the course of the game at St Andrew;s on August 1, capping an impressive show by scoring a superb goal having a shot from outside the area.

After seeing him live for the initial time, Ranieri launched a failed attempt to sign the winger but this week he finally got his man immediately after meeting Gray;s £3.75million release clause in his contract at Birmingham.

;I watched some matches just before playing against Birmingham and currently I saw he was very superior. But when we played against him I believed: ‘he is fantastic;,; said Ranieri, who is likely to give Gray his Leicester debut at Tottenham in the FA Cup on Sunday.

;He was a really great player. He was fast, dribbled well and passed the ball well, he was a hard worker.

;We tried to buy him at the beginning of your (vist www.afifacoin.com) season and it wasn;t possible but now it is possible so we bought him.

;I saw my team and believed about how we could improve. I am sure Demarai Gray (click here to buy fifa 16 coins) will improve my team.

;I think he is also for now. He can help me to give some rests when some wingers are tired.;

Gray has represented England at Under-20 level and Birmingham boss Gary Rowett has already tipped the Blues academy product for full international honours.

Ranieri also thinks his new acquisition has the potential, adding: ;We bought him because I think he has a quite excellent future.

;For this reason I didn;t buy him just for this season, because in my opinion he is one on the very excellent young players in England.;

As he did inside the League Cup this season, Ranieri will again make wholesale changes to his team in the FA Cup.

However, the Italian insists it is a competition he wants to do well in as he sets out on the road to Wembley or the very first time since he was Chelsea boss a decade ago.

;We will change a lot, because these players deserve a chance to play. But our mentality won;t change. I try to do the best in each competition,; said Ranieri, who will be without leading scorer Jamie Vardy for the third-round tie as the 15-goal striker recovers from minor groin surgery.

;I am extremely motivated. I have never been to Wembley and I would love to be at Wembley.;