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Ranieri’s Musa Belief Paying Off

11 Nov

Manager Claudio Ranieri has said that the belief he had in summer signing Ahmed Musa is now paying off with the player now up to speed with the demands of the English Premier League.

The 24 year old Nigerian international had to bide his time following his arrival in the transfer window from CSKA Moscow, and Ranieri now believes that fees are more than seeing why we paid £16million for him.

But part of that was letting him settle and learn the demands, and he’s definitely now showing that he’s learnt in the manager’s eyes given his performances and the improvement he’s shown in front of the net.

Speaking to the Leicester Mercury with the international break in full flow, Ranieri explained he was always confident the player would adjust, it was just about giving him time to – and now we’re seeing the benefits of that.

‘I want a solid team. I wanted him to understand about the velocity and everything else about English football. I have watched him improve in training every day, but I needed to be sure he could do something for the team out on the pitch. We paid a lot of money for him. He was so, so close to do something good, but he needed to understand the Premier League a bit better.’

Ranieri has clearly been pleased with the players progress as he now has 13 appearances and two goals to his name.

‘Now he is doing everything for the team, not only for himself. He now understands the Premier League. I spoke with him when he was unhappy about not playing so much. I said ‘Don’t worry, you are very close to playing.”


‘There’s a reason we wanted him to fit in with our philosophy. He’s very fast, and I saw from watching him at CSKA Moscow he was very strong covering his flank, helping the team. Of course, every player has a different role to play, different movements. Of course, with Musa and Islam Slimani some things were bound to change.’

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