Leicester striker Jamie Vardy says he hopes his team-mates can do Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha proud with a win over Cardiff on Saturday.
The club owner was one of five people who tragically lost their lives when his helicopter lost control and crashed outside the King Power Stadium after last weekend’s Premier League tie against West Ham.
The Foxes postponed their Carabao Cup game against Southampton that was originally due to be held last Tuesday, but the league game with Cardiff is scheduled to go ahead.
Manager Claude Puel claimed on Thursday that the result would not be important when his side travel to South Wales, although Vardy hopes the team can honour Khun Vichai with a positive performance and result.
Talking for the first time since the tragic accident, Vardy told Sky Sports News, as quoted by talkSPORT:
We all spoke about wanting to play. It’s what Vichai would’ve wanted and that’s what we are going to do.
We need to make sure we go out there and honour his name and put in a performance that will hopefully get the win. I know people are saying the result doesn’t matter but for us as players we want to get a positive result.
It’s going to be tough and very emotional and what the lads wanted to do was play this game and honour the man himself. The main thing is we all come together even stronger and do Vichai proud.
Vardy also confirmed reports in the media that claimed Vichai was more like family to the Leicester squad. The England international continued:
The relationship was exactly how you’ve seen it put out there. He wasn’t just a chairman, he literally was part of your extended family.
It didn’t matter who you were, he always made time for you. And as all the pictures that have been put out have shown, he was always smiling. Those are the things you will never forget and which will stay engraved in your mind.
From day one, literally from when I first met him up until now, he’s always been really friendly and always wanting to be involved.
He wasn’t just a chairman, he was part of the squad itself and was always here and always giving you encouragement and wanting to be involved with the lads, and that’s credit to him.