Leicester players ‘were often in the pub’, reveals former loaned defender Aleksandar Dragovic
Leicester players ‘were often at the pub’, former loaned defender Aleksandar Dragovic reveals as he recalls how Jamie Vardy ‘continued to scare the locals in fancy dress’ at a three-day mid-season party in Stockholm in fancy dress
- Defender Aleksandar Dragovic spent the 2017-18 season on loan at Leicester
- The central defender says the team was allowed three days of vacation in March 2018
- They partied during their stay in Stockholm and Jamie Vardy joked with the locals
- The three-day, boozy journey was just days before an FA Cup quarter-final draw
Aleksandar Dragovic only spent one season at Leicester City, but has spoken enthusiastically about the club, including the drinking culture at King Power Stadium.
Dragovic played for the Foxes during the 2017-18 season, on loan from Bayer Leverkusen, and quickly took over the camaraderie within the squad.
Looking back on his only run in the East Midlands, the Austrian says they “were often in the pub” and fondly looked back on their mid-season trip to Stockholm – revealing that they drank and partied for three days just before their FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea on March 18, 2018.
Aleksandar Dragovic has lifted the lid on Leicester’s drinking culture during his only term there
Dragovic spent the 2017-18 season with the Foxes and has fond memories of Jamie Vardy
During a three-day mid-season alcohol break in Stockholm, Vardy (pictured in training dressed as Spiderman) played pranks on locals while dressed up.
The journey was just days before Leicester’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Chelsea
Leicester lost that draw 2-1 in extra time, but their performance sounds all the more remarkable when you consider that they partied for three days in the Swedish capital – including Jamie Vardy’s jokes about Stockholm’s locals while dressed up.
‘For our cup match against Chelsea, the players flew to Stockholm for three days, without the manager’ [Claude Puel]’, the Austria international told the German website Spox.com.
“It was all arranged with the club and they even sent a few security guards along.
‘After that we partied for three days. Once we raced through town in costume.
“Jamie kept storming into stores dressed in his costume and scaring the locals.
Dragovic played 17 games for the Foxes before returning to Bayer Leverkusen
“We played against Chelsea a day and a half after returning and only lost after extra time. Such a thing would be unthinkable in Germany.
“The people of Leicester even told us to go out for a drink. The players were often in the pub.
“Of course we didn’t drink so much that we couldn’t walk anymore – but a few beers were no problem for us.”
Dragovic did not appear in that FA Cup tie, but did make 17 appearances overall for Leicester during that 2017-18 period.
The 30-year-old then returned to Bayer Leverkusen and remained there until this summer, when he joined Serbian Red Star Belgrade on a three-year deal.
Austria’s central defender is now with Red Star Belgrade – he has joined the club for this season