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It was Ahmed Musa’s decision not to join Hull City on deadline day, according to Tigers manager Leonid Slutsky.

Musa and Slutsky worked together at CSKA Moskow and the Russian manager was keen to take the 24-year-old to the KCOM Stadium to bolster his attacking options.

Musa was on the verge of joining the Humberside club on loan, but a deal broke down on deadline day, with the Nigerian forward seemingly wanting to prove his £16m price tag at Leicester City .

“We came very close to Musa,” Slutsky told the Hull Daily Mail. “But not each decision depends on me or the club.

“I think maybe he wants to prove himself at Leicester and he needs one more attempt. He thought a lot and finally his decision was to stay at Leicester.

“The final decision was at midday on deadline day and we didn’t have a chance to change Musa for another option.”

Musa struggled in his first season in English football, netting just two Premier League goals, but did score in Leicester’s 4 – 1 win at Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup last month.

The Nigeria international has not been named in any of the Craig Shakespeare’s three MatchDay squads in the Premier League this season.

 

Author: Yemi Olarinre