Claude Puel reads a personal statement for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Claude Puel Pays Tribute To Khun Vichai

Reading a personal statement during his pre-match press conference on Thursday, manager Claude Puel said: "This has been, without doubt, one of the hardest weeks in the history of this football club. The tragic loss of five lives has left us all numb with sadness and shock."

He continued: "Our prayers and love remain with Vichai’s family and all the other families who have lost loved ones.

"Vichai made Leicester City into what it is. He made it a family, he made it dream. He invested in the Club, he invested in the city and he invested in the people. He truly was loved by everyone inside and outside the Club.

"Personally, it was a privilege to work for him and I will cherish the belief he showed in me and the great moments we shared.

"Seeing all of the messages, flowers and shirts outside the stadium this week shows the amount of lives he touched.

"He leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered forever and a vision that the Club and myself, as manager, will take forward.

"I, myself, have never been prouder to be manager of this football club.

"In such difficult circumstances, the togetherness shown by the whole club, from the staff, players and fans, has shown what a special club this is.

"Playing football has not been at the front of our minds this week but for this weekend, and all the matches thereafter, we will play to honour and remember a man that did so much for our club.

"We will continue the Leicester City he built."

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