Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has reinforced the fact he will not sell young starlet Demarai Gray for the sake of it this summer.
The 18-year-old winger has featured 37 times for the Blues this season, chipping in with six goals. Three of those goals came against Reading in a 6-1 massacre at St Andrews earlier this season, which saw Gray complete his hat-trick in little over half-an-hour.
It is this kind of form that has linked the youngster with a potential transfer to Arsenal and Liverpool, with both of these Premier League sides being linked with Gray in the past few days.
But despite the increasing transfer speculation, Rowett says those reports will not compromise their position on Gray, despite the club's well documented finances.
“Things have not changed since January when we turned down what was reportedly £5m for him - or whatever that was,” Rowett told the Birmingham Mail.
“Certainly we are in no worse a position now, in fact I think we are in a stronger position now (financially). I think that’s going to be the case again.
“And I think the other thing people have got to realise is even though he only has a year of his contract left to run he is still going to be under 24 and still subject to compensation."
Rowett also insisted that Birmingham will be trying to keep hold of Gray as long as they can, before the right offer is submitted.
"Our aim is to try to keep him here for as long as we can. The plan for the club at the moment is we want to keep him for as long as we can and for him to be here next season," Rowett said.
Rowett takes his mid-table Birmingham side to Reading on Wednesday night, where he will hope Gray can repeat his sparkling performance against the Royals as he did back in December.
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