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Mahrez dedicates goal to Leicester owner

Riyad Mahrez dedicated his goal in Manchester City’s 1-0 Premier League victory over Tottenham Hotspur to late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Mahrez was a key member of Leicester City’s league winning side back in the 2015/16 campaign and shared a close relationship with Srivaddhanaprabha.

“It has been very difficult for me. The boss was very special to me, I spent four-and-a-half years there. He was such a good person and such a good human, so I am very, very sad.

“That is why when I scored I point my hands up to the sky to him, he was great to me and to the club. He was like a dad to me, he was a very special person. I was heartbroken and it is really tough for me to hear this.

“I’m with Leicester and I’m with the family of the victims because it is not an easy situation. I always wanted to play because I know he would have wanted me to play, he was very passionate about football.

“It was difficult to sleep after hearing about it – you have to try and deal with these things in life but it is very difficult,” said Mahrez in his post-match interview.

Manchester City are currently top of the Premier League thanks to a better goal difference than Liverpool who are in second.

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