Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa has returned to CSKA Moscow on a six-month loan deal from English side, Leicester City.
The Nigerian passed a medical on Monday night, and returns to the club he left in July 2016. The attacker practically was forced to find a new home after failing to tie down a regular place in Leicester first team.
He has only made 18 league appearances for Leicester since joining in the summer of 2016 and has spent most of that time out of the match-day squad, putting his place in Nigeria’s World Cup squad in very high risk. He made the most of a headline in England when he had challenges with his first marriage.
“I have just signed and the good thing is that I am back and better now. Football starts again,” He told KweseESPN.
Another Nigeria international Brown Ideye sealed a six-month loan to Spanish side Malaga from Chinese club Tianjin Teda on Tuesday.
He moved to China from Greek side Olympiakos last February, scoring five goals in 15 appearances, but spent the last six months playing with Tianjin Teda’s reserves. Similarly, Ideye has not played for Nigeria since October 2016.
“I thank everyone involved in bringing me to one of the biggest leagues in the world and I can’t wait to get started in Spain,” Ideye told BBC Sport.
“I liked it immediately I got here and told my agent [Hootan Ahmadi] that this is the place for me. I want to give my best to help the club and contribute more to achieve success collectively as a team.
“I’d like to push myself further and put myself in a good place to stand a chance of playing at the World Cup.
“Malaga is a competitive team and I believe success here will help me stake a claim for a chance to play in Russia.”
Ideye becomes the latest African to leave China for a return to Europe, after his compatriot Anthony Ujah recently rejoined German side Mainz from Chinese club Liaoning FC.
More recently, Gabonese striker Malick Evouna left Chinese side Tianjin Teda to join Turkish club Konyaspor and DR Congo international Gael Kakuta also quit China’s Hebei China Fortune for French club Amiens.