Riyad Mahrez pays tribute to "special" Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after scoring Wembley victor

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Riyad Mahrez pays emotional tribute to Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after Man City beat Spurs

Riyad Mahrez paid tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after scoring for Manchester City against Tottenham at the end of a tough few days.

Riyad Mahrez dedicated his winning goal against Spurs to Leicester's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and gave an emotional interview afterwards. Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the Algerian confirmed the gesture was for his former chairman.

Investigators have recovered the flight data recorder from the helicopter of Leicester City's owner which crashed on Saturday. "Such a special person and a very big heart". I've many memories with him, he was such a good person, such a good human.

"It's hard to speak about it because it's very sad".

"It's hard but I kept thinking about him".

Mahrez played 179 matches and scored 48 goals for Leicester and was a key component in their famous title win in 2016, before he joined Manchester City in a £60m deal this summer. It's hard to speak about it because it's so sad. He was like a dad to us. It was hard [to play against Tottenham] but I kept thinking about him. He did a lot for me and Leicester and it is hard to speak about.

A minute's silence is due to be held at De Montfort University and at the University of Leicester to remember the victims of the crash.

"It was tough. But I didn't ask him if he felt OK to play because I know how competitive he is and how he likes to play in big events and on big stages".

'He was passionate about football.

Pep Guardiola admitted he had concerns about starting with Mahrez when the winger decided that he wanted to play.

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