Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez dedicates goal vs Tottenham to Leicester owner

Leicester helicopter crash: Blackpool to pay tribute to owner who died in tragic incident

Riyad Mahrez pays emotional tribute to Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after Man City beat Spurs

"It's not easy to have this type of stuff".

"It's been very hard", he told Sky Sports.

The family of the late Thai billionaire boss of Premier League club Leicester City paid tribute to him on Monday at the site where his helicopter crashed as investigators began examining the aircraft's black box. I spent four and a half years there. "Such a special person and a very big heart".

"I'm very, very, very sad and that's why when I scored I put my hands up in the sky for him because he did a lot for me and for Leicester".

"It's very, very, very sad".

Mahrez played 179 matches and scored 48 goals for Leicester and was a key component in their famous title win in 2016, before he joined Manchester City in a £60m deal this summer. He was like a dad to us. I'm with Leicester and the families of the victims. He did a lot for me and for Leicester and it's hard to speak about it.

Mahrez said he always wanted to play against Spurs, adding that it is what Srivaddhanaprabha would have wanted. I know he would have wanted me to play. It was hard; I kept thinking about him. He was very passionate about football. It was hard to sleep as well'.

Tributes from Leicester players poured in for the 60-year old, who was quite evidently much more than just a chairman to them. "The outpouring of grief is a testament to how many people's lives were touched by those on board", she said in a statement.

"It was tough, but I didn't speak with him in terms of how do you feel to play today because I know how competitive he is and how he likes to play on the big events".

"He did really good, he was focused and did a great job".

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