Everton have announced the signing of Demarai Gray from the Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.
The 25-year-old winger has signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee after just six months in Germany.
The former England U21 international told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to be back in the Premier League at such a big club and I’m excited to play with the team and get to work.
“Speaking to the manager and Marcel Brands, I had a really good feel for the club and I feel this is a place where I can continue to develop.
“The manager, with his ambition and what he has won in the past, is important and we’ll look to push forward and compete with the top clubs. I think a club of this magnitude has all the potential to be right up there.
“Collectively with what Marcel and the manager have said to me, everything fits, including the club’s ambitions and goals. Everton are a very big club and the main objective is to be pushing and competing back up there in the table.
“I want to work hard on the training pitch and work my hardest for the club on the pitch.”
The winger made 12 appearances for Leverkusen in the 2020-21 season.
Gray becomes Benitez’s third signing following the arrivals of Asmir Begovic and Andros Townsend.