Demarai Gray has opened up on what made his transfer to Everton so smooth and how Rafa Benitez has managed to bring the best out of him.

The winger was the Spaniard's third signing after being confirmed as the new Blues manager in the summer, joining for £1.7m from Bayer Leverkusen following the arrivals of Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic.

The 25-year-old has wasted no time in proving himself to his new supporters, bagging three goals among a string of impressive performances on his return to the Premier League.

And the forward believes that Benitez's man-management style has worked wonders with his initial form after praising former side Leverkusen for helping his transfer run smoothly.

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Gray told Football Daily: "I would say it [the transfer] was quite smooth.

"Obviously you're aware, as a player, of interest and teams that may be a possibility and it was quite smooth.

"Leverkusen on their behalf made it simple, and the whole transfer was simple.

"That made it a lot easier, I knew of the boys here already from my U21s days. I spoke with the manager.

"He loves coaching, he loves coaching. All-round you have to coach a team and their tactics, but man-management and individual instruction is very good.

"That's done me good, having a manager that has faith and believes in you obviously helps. He's a good manager and I'm enjoying my time."

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Gray has struck up an instant rapport with a number of players since his arrival at Goodison, with a lot of focus being placed on the relationship between the 25-year-old and fellow arrival Townsend.

However, the winger believes he has great chemistry with one of his former England under-21 teammates.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been injured since the win over Brighton at the end of August, but it's clear that Gray is looking forward to being able to work with the striker once more.

"Yeah I've played with Dom from the England days as well," he added.

"He's a great athlete and over the last few years he's turned into a proper goalscorer. Me and him had good chemistry in the first few games we played.

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"Over this season and the next few years, we'll contribute with a few goals and stuff for each other."

Speaking of another popular man in the Everton dressing room, Gray was also complimentary of Richarlison's character behind the scenes at Finch Farm

He added: "Richy? Yeah he's a character, a crazy guy!

"He's just one of them guys that enjoys life and enjoys himself! He's a good guy."