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Phuket: Thai-owned Leicester City desperate to capitalise

FOOTBALL: Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has set his sights on keeping the newly promoted Foxes in the English Premier League as long as possible.


By Bangkok Post

Friday 16 May 2014, 09:52AM


Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh (centre left), and manager Nigel Pearson with the Championship trophy at a press conference in Bangkok last week. Photo: Bangkok Post

Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh (centre left), and manager Nigel Pearson with the Championship trophy at a press conference in Bangkok last week. Photo: Bangkok Post

Having won the Championship title, Leicester, owned by Thailand’s duty free retailer King Power Group, will play in the top flight next season.

“We should be able to stay [in the EPL] for at least two or three years and then my next goal will be taking the team to the top five or six in the Premier League,” King Power boss Vichai said at a press conference last week.

Vichai said he bought the Foxes when they were in the Championship because he wanted the challenge of guiding them to the highest level.

“When we bought Leicester City four years ago, many people asked me why we did not buy a Premier League club and I told them that it was not a challenge for me,” he said.

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Asked if he planned to bring Thai players to play for Leicester, Vichai said some Thai players may be good enough but securing work permits to play in England would be a problem.

He said Leicester had accepted several young Thai players to train at their academy.

“We will find at least 10 Thai players to train at our academy in the upcoming season,” he said. Bangkok Post/AFP

 

 

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