Leicester City have blocked their forward Ahmad Musa from joining the Russian giants CSK Moscow on a loan deal this month. According to recent reports, the Foxes are not willing to part ways with their prized asset on a temporary basis but would rather let him go on a permanent deal. The 25-year-old was unable to earn a regular starting place in the Foxes first-team since making a big-money switch from CSKA Moscow in the summer of 2016. He has found the back of the net five times in a total of 33 appearances for the Premier League club and has since been demoted to play for the Leicester Under 21 side.
A reliable source recently claimed: “A decision will have to be taken by this weekend on Ahmed‘s future.
“The player and his representatives will want him to stay put in England even though there have been some serious offers from outside England.
“What has really delayed his return to CSKA is the fact that Leicester City wish he moves back on a permanent basis rather than on a loan.”
Ahmed Musa was a breakthrough star during his time in Russian football when he played for CSKA Moscow between 2012 and 2016. During that time he won three championships, the Russian domestic cup and two Super Cups. Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has suggested that the 25-year-old forward’s chances of making the final cut of the Super Eagles team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia could remarkably improve if he were to play regular first-team football in the coming months.
Musa has featured in 7 matches for Leicester City this season, scoring 2 goals and providing 3 assists in all competitions. The Foxes are currently in 7th place in the Premier League standings with a tally of 34 points in 24 league matches. They are a massive 8 points behind Tottenham Hotspur so the best they can hope for this season would be to consolidate their 7th spot in the league table.
The impending departure of Musa will weaken Claude Puel’s attacking options at Leicester but if the money generated from his potential sale could be used wisely to strengthen some areas of his squad, then their stance would be justified and the West Midlands might be able to push on for a cup run going into the second half of their campaign.
It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of the Nigerian international and whether Leicester City can ship him out before the transfer window comes to a close at the end of this month.