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Gradel focused on Foxes job
12 Sep 2008 - 14:28:17
Leicester City winger Max-Alain Gradel is determined to overcome family tragedy and cement his place in Nigel Pearson's first-team plans.
Gradel's mother died last year and three weeks ago his aunt, who had been caring for the other members of his family, also passed away.
"It was just a couple of days before the game against Fulham and I had to fly out to Paris. I then came back and played in the Fulham game," the 20-year-old former Bournemouth youngster told the Leicester Mercury.
"Everything happened quickly and it's very hard at the moment because I've a family to look after and they're very important to me. I just have to wait and see what we can do and hope God will help me.
"It isn't easy because it's been hard from last season with losing my mum, but the football does help and I'm trying to concentrate on it.
"I'm very happy here and things have gone well so far for me. This is a massive club and the fans and staff have been right behind me."