King: Rise makes Leicester title better

4 May

Andy King

Leicester’s Andy King (centre) has won 32 caps for Wales, scoring two goals

Andy King says playing for Leicester from League One to the Premier League has made their remarkable title triumph particularly special for him.

The Wales midfielder, 27, is the first player in the Premier League era to win titles in the top three divisions.

Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday handed King’s Foxes side the most improbable of titles.

“Having seen it in the lower divisions and not going so well, it probably does mean a little bit more to me,” he said.

“But that’s not taking anything away from anyone else who’s here because everyone else in this squad has given nothing less than 100% and that’s ultimately why we’ve ended up winning the league.”

Leicester started the campaign as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title after almost being relegated last season.

But they have lost just three league games in what has been described as the “most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport” and one which manager Claudio Ranieri doubts could be repeated.

The rise of players such as striker Jamie Vardy – a non-league footballer four years ago – has added to the romance of Leicester’s rise.

“That’s a story which people like,” said King, who made his Leicester debut as an 18-year-old in 2007.

“Not just me but with Vards [Vardy] coming from non-league as well.

“Other players getting released by so-called bigger clubs and everyone coming together and working their way up.”

As well as toasting their title, Leicester can now look forward to Champions League football for the first time in the club’s history next season.

Having played for Chelsea’s youth teams as a schoolboy, King was a mascot for some of the Blues’ Champions League ties at Stamford Bridge.

“I’ll be familiar with the music at least,” he added.

“Hopefully I’ll be on the pitch a bit longer this time! It will be nice.

“We just have to get everything right before that and do ourselves justice.”


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