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Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa says he only joined Leicester City because he was told that Riyad Mahrez was leaving the club.

Musa moved to the former English champions from Russian giants CSKA Moscow ahead of the 2016/17 season.

The 27-year-old player played alongside Mahrez for one-and-a-half seasons before being loaned out to Moscow midway through the 2017/18 campaign.

“Before they signed me at Leicester City, they told me Riyad Mahrez was leaving,” Musa said on Instagram Live while speaking to SuperSport TV’s Carol Tshabalala.

“If I knew that Mahrez is going to stay, I will not join Leicester, I would have stayed at CSKA Moscow.


“When I came, we had a lot of wingers at Leicester City, yet, I still got the chance to play.”

Algerian winger Mahrez was sold to current English champions Manchester City at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

The speedy player felt that he was played out of position by back-then Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri.

“Claudio Ranieri always played me behind Jamie Vardy sometimes I play from the right or left-wing,” the former VVV Venlo player continued.

“But after they sacked Craig Shakespeare I don’t know what happened anymore.”

Musa left Leicester for Saudi Arabian giants Al-Nassr on a permanent in 2018.

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