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Brendan Rodgers praises Leicester’s owners for prioritising supporters

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Brendan Rodgers has praised Leicester’s owners for prioritising the supporters instead of solely running the club as a business.

Travel retail group King Power have owned Leicester since August 2010 and, under the Srivaddhanaprabha family, returned to the Premier League in 2014 before memorably winning the title in 2015-16.

Fans at several Premier League clubs have held protests against their owners in recent weeks since the aftermath of the failed European Super League, but Leicester’s owners are well regarded by their supporters.

Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha succeeded his late father Vichai, who was killed along with four other passengers when his helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium in October 2018.

“The owners here are very much the supporters,” Rodgers said.

“That’s what they think about, how they can look after the fans. Before arriving I saw what they did to celebrate birthdays and everything else. It’s all about the support and how they can put everything in place.

“It’s not necessarily only a business for them. They put in huge amounts of money, but it’s based around taking care of the fans and making the supporters proud are proud of the club.

“They are a great demonstration and I’m sure there are many clubs who would have loved them to be their owners.”

Rodgers added the owners held a “realistic ambition” of the club who moved into a new £95m training ground in December – a long-held goal under the Srivaddhanaprabha family ownership.

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