Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa says he will wait until the end of the season before making a decision on which club from the many that have expressed interest in signing him, he will join.
Musa has been without a club for more than five months since he parted ways with Saudi side Al Nassr after a two-year stay.
The former CSKA Moscow forward was linked with a host of clubs in January and was on the verge of joining compatriot Semi Ajayi at Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion but the Baggies decided against the move at the last minute over financial constraints.
The 28-year-old can still join a club outside the transfer window as a free agent, and there have been offers, but Musa whose preference is to return to Europe says he will bide his time and make a decision at the end of the current campaign.
“I just want to wait till the summer so that I’ll decide. I am a free agent, I can decide but I decided on my own to wait for the summer,” he said at a Super Eagles media parley in Lagos.
His clubless status didn’t stop Eagles boss Gernot Rohr from naming Musa in the squad for Nigeria’s last two 2021 AFCON qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Lesotho.
The decision elicited plenty backlash from Nigerians prompting Rohr to clarify that Musa is only in the squad to lend his experience and leadership in a non-playing capacity.
As the only one of the current players to have played a match in Lagos, Musa’s presence does have some utility as the Super Eagles are set to return to the nation’s economic capital for the first time in ten years when they tackle Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium next Tuesday.
CAF has decided that fans can attend the game, but even with attendance capped at 30% of sitting capacity, it still promises to be a febrile atmosphere and Musa knows all too well how Lagos fans get having been a part of the team that beat Sierra Leone in a friendly when the Eagles last placed at the Teslim Balogun in 2011.
“Yes, I’m very excited coming back to Lagos because for me I know what the experience of playing in Lagos looks like but for me, I feel very happy coming back to Lagos. As for the players too, we feel very happy coming back to Lagos,” Musa said.
“I can remember we were losing in that game and you know the Lagos fans, they love football so much, they started booing us. I think that booing made us more powerful that we equalised the goal and had the winning goal in that game,” he recalled.
And that experience is something he intends to share with the players.
“Most of us just came in yesterday [Monday] and had one training session today. I think we are going to get together later and we are going to talk about it.
“Yeah, I’m going to tell them how crazy the fans over here are in football. I know most of them know about it because they have been watching the ex-players’ football videos. I think they know a lot of experiences about the fans here.”