Leicester City of England have moved quickly to encourage Ahmed Musa to continue with them into next season in the English Premier League, following the attacker’s brace and solid performance for Nigeria against Iceland at the ongoing World Cup in Russia.
Though Musa could not repeat his double-goal performance in the next and most crucial match against Argentina on Tuesday, Leicester have also been alerted by the fact that he has drawn transfer interest from Galatasaray of Turkey, Olympique Marseille of France, Benfica of Portugal and EPL newcomers, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In a quick move not to lose the fleet-footed attacker unceremoniously, The Foxes have now ordered Musa to prepare himself for pre-season with the team, which also has his Eagles’ colleagues, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Musa spent the second half of last season on loan at his former club, CSKA Moscow of Russia and was widely expected to be sold by the club this summer after failing to impress since his £16m move to Leicester.
However, The Foxes have now decided against selling the 25-year-old Jos-born former Kano Pillars star, who is catching the eye of another Premier League side, Brighton Hove Albion.
A source close to Musa disclosed that the attacker has been ordered by the King Power Stadium outfit to resume for pre-season, which is partly down to his fine performance at the World Cup for Nigeria.
The source affirmed: “Musa won’t be leaving Leicester City immediately. They have back tracked on plans to sell him. He has been told to resume for pre-season, the club want to have a chat with him over his future. For now they have shelved the decision to sell him.”
This comes at a point Musa predicted that the experiences of Russia 2018 will help him and other players in the Eagles as a motivation to bounce back stronger in future.
Needing a draw to advance to the round of 16 at the tournament, the young Eagles team conceded a late goal four minutes from time to lose 2-1 to Argentina in Saint Petersburg.
Before then, Musa scored twice against Iceland played all three games for the Eagles at the tournament, winning the man of the match award in Nigeria’s only win, which came against the debutants in their second group match.
Musa’s brace against Iceland saw the Leicester forward become Nigeria’s highest scorer in FIFA World Cups with four goals, and he is thanking his fans for making it possible.
“Thank you for all your support throughout this journey. I thank God for this opportunity to represent my country in the World Cup and compete with the best in the world.
“Although we were not victorious we fought hard until the very end. As you all are we are also disappointed and will use this as motivation to come back stronger.
“We are Naija and I hope we can continue to make you all proud,” Musa declared via a post on social media.