Leicester Players

Leicester City captain Jamie Vardy says his teammates are desperate to make the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha proud by delivering on the pitch.

Club owner and chairman Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people killed in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium last Saturday night, after the 1-1 draw with West Ham.

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Vardy said the last week had been the hardest of his life but the players, who will travel by road to Cardiff, were keen to play on Saturday.

He said; “We all spoke about wanting to play,” Vardy said. “It’s what Vichai would have wanted and that’s we are going to do.

“We know what we have to do and we need to go out and honour his name and put in a performance which will hopefully get the win.

“It is going to be tough and it will be very emotional, but we’ve all chatted about it. People are saying the result doesn’t matter, but for us lads we want to make it a positive result.”

The 31-year-old forward, who joined the club in 2012, added: “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 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,” he added.