Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez is “heartbroken” at the death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and dedicated his matchwinning goal against Tottenham to the Leicester owner.
Mahrez scored the only goal of the game as the champions went back to the top of the Premier League at Wembley and he celebrated by pointing to the sky in dedication to his former chairman, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday night.
The Algeria international, who joined City in the summer, was a key figure in Leicester’s stunning Premier League triumph in 2015-16 and was affected by the events at the King Power Stadium over the weekend.
“It’s been very difficult,” he told Sky Sports. “The boss was very special to me, I spent four-and-a-half years there.
“He was such a good person and I’m very, very sad. That’s why I put my hands in the sky for him.
“He did a lot for me and for Leicester. He was like a dad to us. He had a very big heart. I was heartbroken to hear this news.
“It’s a difficult situation and I’m with Leicester and the families of the victims.
“I always wanted to play, he would have wanted me to play. He was passionate about football.”