The Saudi league has attracted big names like Christiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane
Jamaican international Demarai Gray has completed a historic transfer from Everton to Al-Ettifaq.
The 27-year-old is the latest high-profile footballer to leave the English Premier League for Saudi Pro League. Gray was emerged as the Reggae Boyz’s best player in the recent Concacaf Gold Cup. He finished the tournament with two goals and assists in five games. He was even named in the team of the tournament.
According to reports, he has allegedly signed a PS8 million deal that will see him play for Al-Ettifaq for the next four years.
The Jamaican winger will be playing alongside famous players like Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson. The team is managed by former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard. The Saudi league has attracted big names like Christiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane.
Gray’s move to Saudi Arabia means that he can end his troubled spell in England. He has not been playing in recent games because he fell out with head coach Sean Dyche.
Gray has spent two years in Everton. He was one of the key players in the team, scoring 12 goals in 75 appearances. He joined the English club after spending one season in Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen. He was one of the players who who won the English premier league with Leicester City in 2016/17.
Many fans thought he would end up in Turkey because he was linked with a move to Besiktas.
Everton released a statement that confirmed Gray’s departure from England. However, they refused to disclose the fee they had received.
Gray also released a statement in which he thanked the fans and the club for their support during his time in England.