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Andre Gray: Richarlison deserves success at Everton

Watford striker Andre Gray has revealed that he couldn’t be happier for former Hornets attacker Richarlison, who left Vicarage Road to join Everton in a £40 million deal last summer.

Richarlison has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent years, after enduring a poverty stricken childhood in South Eastern Brazil, he has risen to become one of the most exciting young players in the Premier League and a full international with his Country.

Gray, who also had a tough upbringing in Wolverhampton, has lavished praise on his former teammate and insisted that seeing the 21-year-old secure a financially life changing move to Goodison Park is great to see.

“He had it 10 times worse than me,” Gray told Watford’s official website.

“I respected where he was from and the attitude he had. We got on really well, even though we could hardly speak to each other. It was sign language most of the time. But we just got an energy from each other. He is just a good kid.

“He just came here to live his dream and help his family. I’m so happy for him to get his move to Everton because it’s life-changing for him. It couldn’t happen to anyone better.

“I still message him and the last time I spoke to him he wanted a dog.”

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