• Thursday, June 13, 2024
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CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa joins Leicester city

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The Nigeria international striker, Ahmed Musa, has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League champions and is set to become the Club’s fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Nampalys Mendy, Ron-Robert Zieler and Luis Hernandez.

The English Premier League champions did not disclose financial details but media reports estimated the transfer fee was 16 million pounds ($20.71 million), which would make him a club record signing.

Speaking to Foxes Player HD, Musa said:“I feel very happy joining Leicester City, for me it’s one of the best clubs and I feel very happy. I joined because it’s one of the best clubs in the Premier League and they are like a family. That’s why I joined Leicester City and I’m very excited. 

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“I look forward to seeing the fans in the new season and I will do my best to make them happy.”

Musa, 23, who joined Leicester City from CSKA Moscow scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances last season as the club won the Russian title.

Claudio Ranieri’s men start the new league campaign with a trip to promoted Hull City on Aug. 13.

Blessed with natural speed and agility, Musa can operate either on the wing or upfront and began to make his name while out on loan from GBS Football Academy at Nigerian outfits JUTH and Kano Pillars.

His impressive strike rate at the latter then saw him make the switch to Dutch side VVV-Venlo in 2010, as he went on to score eight times in 37 appearances before Russian giants CSKA Moscow secured his services two years later.

A four-year spell in the Russian Premier League followed, as Musa began to gain many admirers for his strike rate, quick footwork and versatility.

After netting 11 goals in 28 appearances in his debut season for CSKA, Musa hit double figures again for the second-consecutive season, again scoring 11 times 36 appearances in all competitions in the 2014/15 campaign.

Musa’s most impressive goalscoring campaign arrived last term, as he fired 13 goals in 30 league games to finish as the Russian Premier League’s fifth-highest goalscorer.

The frontman’s strike rate on the international stage has also been productive for Nigeria, with 11 goals in 58 games, including a brace against Argentina at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Having made his debut for Nigeria at the age of 17, Musa went on to make appearances in the World Cup, Under-20 World Cup, Africa Cup of Nations and Confederations Cup in a six-year long international career that continues to show promise.