Riyad Mahrez Gives Emotional Interview After Dedicating Goal To Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Riyad Mahrez dedicated his winning goal against Spurs to Leicester's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and gave an emotional interview afterwards.

On Saturday, the Thai businessman was leaving the ground following Leicester's 1-1 draw against West Ham United in a private helicopter when it crashed in the arena's car park and killed five people.

Tributes from Leicester players poured in for the 60-year old, who was quite evidently much more than just a chairman to them.

Mahrez, Manchester City's club-record signing, scored the winner in the sixth minute to move his side back to the top of the table and pointed to the sky in a poignant celebration.

The Algerian spent the entirety of his Foxes career under Srivaddhanaprabhaha's tutelage and was a key member of the side that won the Premier League title in fairytale fashion in 2015/16 under Claudio Ranieri.

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And after the game, he gave a brilliant tribute to underline the relationship he had with the late Leicester owner.

"The boss was very special to me," he told Sky Sports.

"I spent four and a half years there, I have many memories of him. He was such a good person; a good human.

"When I scored, I put my hands up to the sky for him. He did a lot for me and for Leicester.

"He was like a dad. He was very special. He was such a good person, a big heart and it was heartbreaking and shocking for me to hear this news and for all of the other people who died with him."

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Image: PA

Mahrez, who looks to be really finding his feet at City now, says he always wanted to play tonight's game despite a difficult couple of days.

"I always wanted to play. I know he would have wanted me to play," he added.

"He was passionate about football. It was difficult (to play against Tottenham) but I kept thinking about him. It was difficult to sleep as well."

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