Leicester City will erect a statue of late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at the club’s King Power Stadium, his son Aiyawatt has announced.
Khun Vichai died along with four others when his helicopter crashed shortly after take off following the 1-1 draw with West Ham on October 27.
"We will never be able to repay what he did for us – for me as his son, us as his family, everyone connected to Leicester City and beyond," said Foxes vice-chairman Aiyawatt.,
"We are committed to honouring his memory and upholding his legacy.
"Our continued growth as a club, our state-of-the-art new training ground and our planned stadium expansion will help realise his vision for Leicester City.
“I plan to commission a statue of my father, for outside the King Power Stadium, as a permanent and fitting tribute to the man that made it all possible.
“He will forever be in our hearts. He will never be forgotten.”
Further details regarding the commissioning and the statue’s positioning will be released in due course.
Leicester City helicopter crash
Aiyawatt has also paid tribute to his late father in a souvenir programme for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Burnley.
Complimentary copies will be issued to all supporters attending Saturday’s fixture as part of the club’s tributes.
Aiyawatt, known affectionately as ‘Top’, made the statue announcement following discussions between the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the club on the most appropriate way to honour his father’s memory.
Plans for Saturday’s visit of Burnley include gifts of commemorative scarves, pin badges, clap banners and the souvenir programmes for supporters in attendance, while a ‘Tribute to Khun Vichai’ video will be shown on the big screens at 2.45pm.
Claude Puel’s side travelled to Thailand last weekend to pay their respects, and the French coach insists his side will be ready for action against the Clarets.
“We cannot make a lot of training sessions but we have a good energy," said Puel.
“This journey was good for us. All this togetherness, we showed our positive attitude. I saw my players with good maturity, with character – with a lot of soul.
“All the players show their maturity and strength at these events, we will give a good response together with the support of our fans.
"It’s not easy to prepare this game but I think our togetherness gives us a good energy and fantastic strength. Our spirit and positive attitude and all the support from our fans will be important.”
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