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Super Eagles star Wilfred Ndidi has excited fans of the club after confirming that Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has been formally named as chairman of the Foxes to succeed his late father, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Vichai passed on in tragic circumstances after a helicopter he was in along with four other passengers crashed outside Leicester City’s King Power Stadium in October 2018.

Since that tragic moment in the club’s history, Aiyawatt has been acting chairman of Leicester City and has now been confirmed in the role at the club wholly owned by the Srivaddhanaprabha family.

He becomes the 31st chairman in the history of Leicester City, which has another Nigeria international, Kelechi Iheanacho, in the first team squad along with Ndidi, and revealed it was a privilege to be handed the role.

And the news left fans of Leicester City excited at the prospects of the club going forward.

“It is a privilege to become the next Chairman of this great Club and to lead the Leicester City family into the next chapter of what has already been an extraordinary story,” he said after the confirmation.

He added: “It feels like there is so much more to come. As we approach the start of the new season, there is genuine excitement and positivity among our supporters and in the football community about what we can achieve.”

The new Leicester City chairman continued: “We have an exciting young squad, an outstanding manager and backroom staff, and a well-structured and sustainable off-pitch operation, all backed by an energised and engaged supporter base.”

Vichai went on to give Foxes fans a peek into the plans for the club which shocked the world after winning the Premier League title in 2016.

“Next summer, our football operation will move to a brand new training facility that will be among the best in Europe, while the process of consulting supporters and our community on the proposed expansion of King Power Stadium has also begun,” he said on the club website.

He added: “These developments were all part of my father’s dream for Leicester City. It’s a dream that belongs to all of us now and it will be my honour to lead the Club as we pursue that dream together.”

Last season Aiyawatt oversaw the dismissal of former manager Claude Puel in February and the appointment of Brendan Rodgers, who guided the club to a ninth-place finish in the Premier League.

Leicester City will now be hoping to enjoy a better campaign in the 2019/20 Premier League season which kicks off with a tricky clash at home to last season’s surprise package, Wolverhampton Wanderers, on Sunday.

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