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Fan eyes large windfall if Leicester complete fairytale

Football - Manchester City v Leicester City - Barclays Premier League - Etihad Stadium - 6/2/16. Leicester City fans celebrate at the end of the game. Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff. Livepic
Football - Manchester City v Leicester City - Barclays Premier League - Etihad Stadium - 6/2/16. Leicester City fans celebrate at the end of the game. Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff. Livepic

REUTERS - Leicester City fan Leigh Herbert will pocket a cool 25,000 pounds ($36,000) if his team complete their fairytale run and win the Premier League title.

Herbert placed a five-pound bet on Claudio Ranieri's men to lift the trophy at the start of the season at odds of 5000/1.

The Foxes are five points clear at the top with 13 games left following Saturday's 3-1 win at Manchester City and the 39-year-old carpenter feels he is on the verge of a "life-changing" win.

Herbert, who placed the bet in August while on a camping holiday, has refused bookmaker William Hill's 3,200-pound cash-out offer.

"I am going to hang in there, I believe in fairytales," he said.

The bookmaker will have to pay out more than 2 million pounds if Leicester win the title, with the biggest potential windfall of 140,775 pounds going to a customer from Guildford.

The victory over Manchester City caused Leicester's odds to win the league to be cut to 2/1, joint-favourites with third-placed Arsenal.

($1 = 0.6936 pounds)

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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