Demarai Gray has completed his move from Everton to Al-Ettifaq in the Saudi Pro League, explaining in a statement why he has left the Premier League side.
Gray has been embroiled in a public divide with Everton head coach Sean Dyche in recent weeks. Now, he has sealed his departure from the club on a permanent transfer. Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq have taken him to Saudi Arabia for a fee believed to be in the region of £8million.
After already accusing Dyche of not showing him respect, Gray has now elaborated on his reasons for leaving Everton. In a farewell statement published on Instagram, the Jamaica international has thanked the ‘incredible’ Everton fans, but revealed his belief that he would not have got much gametime by staying at Dyche’s disposal.
Gray said: “After two years with Everton, it’s time to say goodbye. 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.
“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.”
Demarai Gray joins Gerrard revolution
The 27-year-old has now become the latest high-profile recruit for Gerrard’s side after the likes of Jordan Henderson, Moussa Dembele, Jack Hendry and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Prior to his departure, Dyche hit back at Gray by suggesting the player had secured his move without the club’s confirmation. Finally, though, the saga has been resolved.
Gray will link up with his new club after the international break, during which he is on duty with Jamaica.