West Brom boss Darren Moore says the club will do all they can to support loan midfielder Harvey Barnes, as well as his parent club Leicester City, following the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
The Thai billionaire, as well as four others, were tragically killed when his helicopter lost control and crashed outside of the King Power Stadium following last weekend’s game against West Ham.
Following the tragic incident that rocked the sporting world, Leicester academy graduate Barnes tweeted an emotional message in honour of Khun Vichai.
And Moore confirmed that he had held a one-on-one chat with the attacking midfielder this week to check and make sure he was coping okay.
As quoted by the Express & Star, Barnes said:
We’ve had a chat, myself and Harvey, about the situation.
And he knows my door’s always open if he wants to talk.
The staff, we have a close bond here so it’s not just me he can speak to. The players and the support staff.
We are supporting Harvey in this, but he seems fine.
And we’ll cooperate with Leicester with whatever they need with regards to Harvey.
Anything we can do to help Leicester in this tragic situation we’ll do our best.
Moore also described Vichai as a man who allowed every football to dream. Srivaddhanaprabha led Leicester to a historic and surprise Premier League title win in the 2015-2016 Premier League season. Moore continued:
What happened has touched the whole world, not just the world of football.
We’ve seen the fabulous tributes to what a special man he was and what he’s brought to Leicester Football Club as a whole.
With Leicester winning the Premier League, it’s been absolutely fantastic.
When we went out to Hong Kong last year for the Premier League Asia Trophy, the response they got was incredible in terms of that success.
He played a huge part in that. He allowed people to dream, but dream big. That will forever live long for Leicester City, but also the whole footballing world. Our thoughts, minds and hearts go out to the family.