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Musa: I’d Rather Stay At CSKA Moscow Than Return To Leicester

Musa: I’d Rather Stay At CSKA Moscow Than Return To Leicester

By David Meshioye:                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa is keen to stay at Russian Premier League club  CSKA Moscow either on loan or on permanent basis next summer, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Leicester City star, on loan at CSKA Moscow, maintained that he is likely to stay on in Russia where he gets more action rather than warm the bench at The Foxes.


“Go back to Leicester? I’m enjoying my game here and I’ve enjoyed more playing time here too. It’s better to stay here and play regularly than warm the bench,” Musa told CSN in a chat.

The former Kano Pillars winger was on target as CSKA forced Ufa to a 1-1 draw in the Russian Premier League on Sunday at the Stadion Neftyanik.

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Sunday’s outing was the fifth in the league for Musa who made a loan switch from Leicester City to CSKA Moscow during the last transfer window.

The 25-year-old Nigeria international played for CSKA between 2012-2016 before he joined Leicester to bolster their squad for an ultimately failed defence of their fairytale Premier League triumph.

Before his transfer to Leicester City, Musa enjoyed a hugely profitable spell at CSKA, scoring 54 goals in 168 games and helping the club win three league titles as well as a Russian Cup and two Russian Super Cups.

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  • Abdul andah 3 years ago

    Guy you haven’t improved at all rather, I see you retrogressing in your football career.
    You ain’t really sure of yourself that’s why you are being scared of challenge. If you want to be the best you must surely beat the best.
    Embrace challenges so that you can become Ronaldo that of which you were are once nicknamed after.

    • @Abdul, whilst I totally respect your right to have and air your views, and think this one about Musa is just a bit harsh.

      Regressing? How?

      His returns in CSKA Moscow before moving to that 1 hit wonder of a club called Leicester was very impressive.

      In Leicester, some powerful stakeholders behind the scenes saw him as partly the face of Claudio Ranieri’s failure and set out to ensure nothing became of his Leicester career.

      He is now back in a club that wins domestic titles regularly and features in European competitions and he is back either scoring goals or creating goal scoring chances .

      If you say Musa is regressing, what will you say of players like Rabiu Ibrahim, Uche Nwofor, Egbedi or Oboabona?

      Far from regressing, this brother that will go to the world cup and play either Europa league or Champions League next season has his career firmly back on track.

      I doubt if he can ever become like Ronaldo (like you mentioned) as he is not that gifted.

      That should still not stop him making valuable contribution to Nigerian and Russian (league) football .

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    Hahahhah can’t stop laughing

  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    @Abdul Andah, I guess retrogressiveness was not what is in your mind. You meant to say Ahmed Musa was as he is before he left for the disastrous Leicester adventure. No significant improvement from the England experience. Anyway Musa is in a less rigorous league. He really saw pepper in Leicester. No be small o. Sho!! Dem was finish his career. Vardy just didn’t allow him small space sef. Iheanacho would have gotten the same treatment if not for this coach. So far Musa Ahmed is enjoying his return from exile in England. Meanwhile na sense Dem dry take dry do things. You are still a Leicester player in loan to CSKA. So talk with sense. Talk small small make dem no hear I beg. I heard Russians are professional racist. But Musa has been there playing football for who knows how many years. How does he cope? FIFA should ask him to know how to advice WC teams when they are ‘racism(ed)’ or ‘racist(ed).’

  • Luqmanov 3 years ago

    [email protected] that’s the button i tabbed on your comment! I quite agree with you on whether Musa’s return to CSKA potends regression or not. To be frank, Leicester City are nowhere near the class of a club like CSKA, forget about their EPL success in 2016. Playing for a club like CSKA, Besiktas, Fenerbahce, Shakhtar Donetsk, Panathinaikos, Anderlecht or Olympiakos offers you more European exposure and opportunity to win titles than playing for the likes of Leicester, Stoke, West Ham, Everton, Bournemouth, West Brom, etc., in the Premier League.

    • Luqmanov 3 years ago

      In the past, CSKA Moscow had regularly provided Musa with opportunity to rub shoulder with the best in Europe on some of the greatest grounds like Nou Camp. This is the kind of opportunity a club like Leicester City wouldn’t be able to give you as a footballer.

  • I saw the two goal aßsits now . More more. Contributions. Hope to call u on ur phone . Next week.

  • If Leicester were participating in the Russian league, I suspect they would be doing pretty well. My take

  • BobbyJ 3 years ago

    Why do some people love deceiving themselves? When u are not brave enough to always say what is correct and rational u will end up a mediocre. Musa is scared of competition, period! Remember, Musa isn’t a small boy & age is not his friend, he has gone beyond his peak. He is an average player, just like Ighalo, which explains why he couldn’t break into the first team of Leicester. He had his opportunity always before him but couldn’t take it. Now is talking big, but we know how these players talk.
    He better ask for permanent transfer or see his career come to an end in England.
    We only hope his experience would be valuable as Rohr has hinted. World Cup is not African Cup.
    I dey laugh o..

  • Abdul andah 3 years ago

    As far as I am concerned Musa is really retrogressive compared to the speed he started his football career with. Did you know that Musa can’t cross and it gets to the players targeted?
    Whenever he crosses the ball he cross goes straight to spectators and he still do it till date. He is not improving and I expect him to improve because he does play football all the time. He doesn’t use his head whenever he’s on the ball. No good pass, he can’t dribbles very well and even the speed I once known him for has evade him…
    If am GR i will rather take Samuel Kalu or Henry onyekuru to world and drop Musa. I get am before no be property guys.
    If GR does take him to the world cup it’s NOT because of his capabilities and improvement rather because he likes him.

  • Prince 3 years ago

    Sometimes I listen to comments from some fans here on CSN and I feel so heartbreaking how mentally inconsiderate and harsh, people let out their words without a second thought that a COIN HAS TWO FACES !!!

    The one that Wears his shoes knows where the pricking pains hides inside !!!!

    Do you guys know what it takes to strive and survive in a foreign land ???
    A place where favouritism MUST Play a key role above anything !!!

    George Weah won the FIFA world football of the year and so why has another African not follow that awesome feat !!
    ***was there no CR7s and LM10s in his time ???***
    Drogba did play at a top club in Chelsea and went on to become a club great …. Do you know at what age he succeeded in making a break into a big club ???
    ***he could have call it quit in soccer when he was trying to get to the big stage in his younger and prime days but to no avail***
    Etoo played at Barca and his awesome glory at that club puts him as a notable soccer great to emerge from CAF confederation region… But do you know that he actually started at Real Madrid but wasn’t fully appreciated and had to leave to find his path to greatness from another source.
    Jay Jay is without doubt a great player but has it don on you that PSG was the only top club he started for considering his immense talent !!!
    ***was he that unfortunate or simply unlucky..or what it is that made managers and coach ease to sign him into big clubs….that guy would have easily played in any big club in any part of the world !!! True or False ???***

    Let me stop here ….sometimes I really don’t like calling names of these great men !!!

    I still believe that Some of us will come out and say things like….players being lazy, indisplined, non-dedicated or what have you ….as reasons why most players have being unlucky getting into a deserved bigger clubs considering their immense talents and ability to deliver .

    My friends, The truth is this ….”IF YOU ARE NOT A HOME-GROWN, FULL BREED NATIONALITY IN A FOREIGN NATION, it will take The Grace of The Almighty God to break grounds !!!!

    Look at what happened to Kelechi at Man city…? Is Raheem, Sane, Gabriel and other younger players still starring at Man city that better than him for such a promising lad to be offloaded to L. City ?
    Why is Yaya T not playing more at the same club…someone will say he is old or too slow or rusty or out of form, now, abi … Are the other mid-fielder that better and more technical, now???

    It is not only in soccer, my friends … It is in all the works of life, The home-grown and LOCAL BREEDs gets the nods first .
    It is not a cruel choice, they get the opportunity for a CHANCE otherwise, they wouldn’t get the chance to grow and develop their own ….and it’s a fair call.

    So if Ahmed Musa feels and believe that his time, skills and endeavours is more appreciated in CSKA, I will tell him to stay there and showcase his talents, earn his living being happy at what he loves to do and increase his chance in other future prospects !!!

    I have always allow my heart and head speak !!!
    God bless us all

  • Abdul andah 3 years ago

    I understand your point prince, but other African players are really making names in the foreign land and they are doing it perpetually…
    My point remains that Ahmed Musa is not improving.
    I didn’t meant its a bed of rossy to make it in the foreign land ahead their respective local lads but if you are that good and improving time in time out then, they have no option other than to starting USING YOU to making their clubs shine.
    So different folks for different tales.

    • Prince 3 years ago

      Abdul, my brother, I do understand your points.
      However, pls let me say it out here that my points are not on African players alone….otherwise it might be leading to a wrong path which I don’t support.

      You did mentioned a case study in Mohammed Salah
      But you didn’t set up your facts in full because Mo Salah was bought from Basel ….to Chelsea ….and he was not given the chance to express himself fully and establish his potential in the team, so the young man seek a new path to Roma where he got back that attention he strive so hard to exhibit at the London club.
      If he is not a focus and futuristic fellow, that single act alone from Chelsea can make the young man retire prematurely …. Or seek a transfer to stoke city, Watford or Southampton…just to stay in the EPL….but now, he is in one of the top club in the EPL after such Enroute !!!

      That’s the quest to strive for success !!!
      That has nothing to do with being lazy or old or lacking ability…

      So If something is not working for you in a place due to SUITATIONS beyond you, you go elsewhere and try again !!!

      Like I earlier said, this issue of Favouritism is a GLOBAL thing. You and I also have “feature” inside of us.
      It is just the way it is. 
      If you are HR in a firm and want to interview 3 candidates for a job…you will give your own local, homegrown a chance at the job because you want a bright future for your kind !!!

      Do you know that a certain Young gerard pique once don the Man Utd jersey ?
      How about young jerome boateng at man city ?
      How about paul pogba first youth season at Man Utd?
      I watched him many times play for the youth side and there were no difference when I watched him play the same position about 8 months later when he switched to Juve….I will bet with my head!
      He was not given that chance to prove himself !!!

      So my question is ….
      ***are these young lads not good enough at that time or were they unlucky or unfortunate??***
      I don’t think they were that bad…because they became superstars barely months after leaving the clubs that couldn’t give them a chance.

      But do you know how many home-grown lads in the same team that are not near the qualities / ability of these players but made the team list simply because they are given multiple chance to grow, develop and improve !!!

      That’s why countries like German, Spain are holding their own with the likes of Brazil and Argentina today because they are building up their younger, upcoming players to fill up spots left by older, retiring ones and these philosophy will continue even to the detriment of more better players of different nationalities in their league clubsides.

      And that’s why a young Toni Kroos after the FIFA u-17 tournament was integrated  into a great Bayern Munich FC and nurtured thru with chances, playtime and development process and ..he is now a well known superstar in his playing position….but wait for this ?… about a certain young chrisantus macauley of the same prospect ???? Does his name ring a bell at all ? Do you still know him…..

      Barca FC let go the Figos, Rivaldos, Decos and Ronaldinhos; even at their prime …and I will say it is because they want to make way for their very own (Xavi & Iniesta) …. Messi case is also different … He is more Spanish than Argentina if we go by his storyline !!!

      Even in the EPL, Coaches of local breed and homegrown status are fired and hired within the system just to give them the multiple chance to develop !
      That’s not the case with any foreign coach sacked in the EPL….!!!

      So like I said once again….home grown breed will always have the chance against their foreign counterparts in any country….it is just the way life is !!!

      If you are in a foreign land and you are striving in a particular working environment….just be thankful to God that there is not yet a single local breed for that position. If there is one, he or she will be considered ahead of you !!!

      It is not because you are bad at your duties. It is simply because there is need to create improvement and development in your very own kinsman to propel a greater national future !!!

      I still support Ahmed Musa ….HE made a good choice !!!

  • Abdul andah 3 years ago


  • Players come and go and like every field of human endeavour, some will be more skilled, endowed and talented than others .

    Ahmed Musa is most definitely not the most skillful footballer out there but not as bad as his rather unfortunate experience at Leicester suggests .

    Miss’s flaws are well noted but so are his abilities.

    He may not have massively improved in the recent years but he has not diminished either. If anything, he has been slightly static but that doesn’t make him a bad player.

    People need to learn not to focus on the negatives and ask themselves in their line of work, am I the Christiano Ronaldo of my profession? The answer will possibly be no!

  • Abdul andah 3 years ago

    @prince: I hail.

  • Ogie samuel 3 years ago

    Musa goal was in the top 10 in d last world cup give dis guy some credit victor moses did not perform well in Brazil,2018 he is our main man musa has done well for did country take it or leave musa must be in russia