Former Rangers loanee Andy King is set to end his long-standing association with Leicester City – and the club’s chairman has paid a glowing tribute to the Foxes legend.

King spent part of last season on loan at Ibrox from the Premier League side and will leave the King Power Stadium at the end of the season when his contract is up.

METHIL, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 18: Rangers new signing Andy King is seen with Andrew Halliday prior to the Scottish League Cup second round match between East Fife and Rangers at Bayview Stadium on August 18, 2019 in Methil, Scotland.

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After 16 years at Leicester, chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha paid tribute to the Welsh midfielder and hailed the impact he’s had on and off the pitch.

“I’m so grateful to Andy,” Srivaddhanaprabha told Leicester’s official website.

“He is the only player still here that was with the club when King Power took over 10 years ago.

“He’s been through everything with us and is an amazing guy. He’s been a massive part of what the club has achieved in that time and earned the respect of so many people.

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“I could talk about the important goals Andy has scored or the medals he has won, but his contribution goes far beyond that.

 

“The young players he’s helped, the change he’s embraced, the ways he’s supported our communities, the culture he’s helped to build – few players have contributed so much over such a long period of time.

“Like so many of our fans, I’m sure, I look forward to a time when I can think him in person. For now, we wish him well with the next stage of his career, in which he has so much more to give.”

King is currently on loan at Huddersfield Town and has also played for Swansea City and Derby County on loan during his Foxes career.

The midfielder played a key role as Leicester rose from League 1 obscurity to Premier League champions and the riches of the UEFA Champions League in seven years.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Andy King of Leicester City holds off Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Leicester City and Manchester City at The King Power Stadium on December 19, 2017 in Leicester, England.

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King’s 378 appearances put him 10th on Leicester’s all-time appearance list and he is the club’s highest-scoring midfielder with 62 goals to his credit.

Despite his loan move at Rangers not really working out for him due to injury, King spoke highly of the Gers, admitting it “just wasn’t to be” for him at Ibrox.

 

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