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Leicester owners aim to keep winning team together

  • Leicester's Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, right, and his son Aiyawatt, centre, applaud the crowd after their team's 1-1 draw at Manchester United during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Leicester at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Leicester's Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, right, and his son Aiyawatt, centre, applaud the crowd after their team's 1-1 draw at Manchester United during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Leicester at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)  (The Associated Press)

  • Leicester City fans react as they watch the Chelsea versus Tottenham Hotspur English Premier League soccer match at the Local Hero public house in Leicester, central England, Monday May 2, 2016. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Leicester City fans react as they watch the Chelsea versus Tottenham Hotspur English Premier League soccer match at the Local Hero public house in Leicester, central England, Monday May 2, 2016. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

The Thai owners of Premier League champion Leicester City aim to keep the victorious squad together despite expectations that many players will be lured away by big-money offers from richer clubs.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, son of club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, attended Monday's game between Chelsea and Tottenham which ended in a draw, meaning Leicester cannot be overtaken.

Speaking on Thai television, Aiyawatt said "all players want to stay and keep on fighting together to see how far they can go. So selling players is not in our agenda."

Leicester were 5000-1 outsiders at the start of the season, and Aiyawatt said when his father Vichai — head of duty free company King Power — invested in the club six years ago, winning the title "was not what we dared to dream."