James Maddison says Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is "a brilliant man"

James Maddison says Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is "a brilliant man"

Last updated: 10/11/18 9:02

James Maddison and Harry Maguire look at the bloody tributes left for the victims of the helicopter crash outside King Power Stadium

James Maddison and Harry Maguire look at the bloody tributes left for the victims of the helicopter crash outside King Power Stadium

James Maddison has described Leicester's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as "a brilliant man" who has always taken time for the players.

Leicester is ready for an emotional return when they meet Burnley on Saturday in their first match at King Power Stadium since the death of Srivaddhanaprabha.

He was killed two weeks ago along with four others in a helicopter crash in front of the stadium.

Before the game, the midfielder revealed the first words the owner said to him after his transfer from Norwich in the summer of £ 22 million.

Speak with The sun, He said, "I was not here long, we did a photo shoot when the chairman arrived, hugged me and said," My new No. 10 … go and get me goals, James! "

Maddison says Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has always talked to the players before playing

Maddison says Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has always talked to the players before playing

"I immediately thought: I like this guy!" Whether you knew him for four or five months or ten years when you first met Vichai, you knew the person he was. He was such a brilliant man. "

Maddison scored three goals in his first six games, earning his first English conscription.

"Every time I go to the court, I know – like the other guys – I'll do everything in my power to make him proud," he added.

"We'll go ahead and let the things he wanted happen."

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Claude Puel says it was difficult to prepare for Leicester's match against Burnley, but adds that the team's interaction gives them "fantastic strength".

Claude Puel says it was difficult to prepare for Leicester's match against Burnley, but adds that the team's interaction gives them "fantastic strength".

The 21-year-old, who misses the game against Burnley due to an injury, revealed his last conversation with Srivaddhanaprabha.

"He always visited the players before each game and made sure he talked to each one of us," Maddison said.

"Before the West Ham game, he came to the physio room during treatment, saying he wanted a goal … since I did not meet in three games, they were his last words to me."

On Saturday there will be tribute before the game, and the Leicester players' shirts will be embroidered with Srivaddhanaprabha's name for the first half of the match. In the second half they wear the poppy symbol.

Maddison said, "All players get special commemorative shirts with their image.

"It's an awesome shirt, I'm signed and framed by all the players, it's going to take pride of place in my new house."

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