LEICESTER’S £16m record buy Ahmed Musa is desperate to become a Premier League legend — like his close pal Nwankwo Kanu,
But the diminutive striker realises it is a tall order to top anything his fellow Nigerian achieved when 6ft 5in Kanu towers above him.
At 5ft 7in Musa, 23, has always looked up to his ex-international team-mate, who became a cult figure at Arsenal.
But he admits he improved his chances of emulating his hero after ditching his boyhood dream of playing in goal!
Musa said, “I’m going to do whatever it takes to become a legend like Kanu.
“All Nigerian kids want to play here and I believe this is going to be a good league for me.
“I took advice from my friend Kanu. He told me a lot about England and Leicester and said it would be a good move for me.
“Kanu won the league and FA Cup twice with Arsenal and the FA Cup again with Portsmouth.
“He’s probably Nigeria’s most famous footballer, ahead of Jay-Jay Okocha and Finidi George.
“I’ve a long way to go to rival their achievements. But I’ve always been used to upsetting the odds. People used to tell me, ‘Musa, you are far too small to be a striker’.
“But I’d always reply, ‘It doesn’t matter what size you are, it’s what you do that matters’.
“The only time that didn’t work out was when I was a goalkeeper!
“I was a goalie until I was 12. Then I went outfield, which was the best decision of my life because I don’t think I’d have made it anywhere as a keeper.”
Most pundits expect Leicester to be cut down to size next season as the Prem’s monster clubs flex their financial muscles.
But Musa — who missed out on a move to the Foxes in January when CSKA Moscow slapped a £23m price-tag on his head — says he believes he will win the Prem title before his deal runs out in 2020.
He said: “I am very happy to be joining now.
“My target here is to win the league again and I believe we can.
“I think the secret behind City’s success is everyone is focused and happy with each other.
“I started my first session and I was like . . . wow! Because I have never seen that intensity and tackles flying in Russia.”