Ahmed Musa has admitted that he started supporting Arsenal while growing up, because Kanu Nwankwo played for the Gunners.
The Super Eagles forward, joined Premier League champions Leicester City this summer in a club-record deal and reveals Kanu influenced his decision to play in England.
“I grew up as an Arsenal fan, all because of Nwankwo Kanu,” Musa told The Guardian.
“Kanu is like a role model for me. I got to know him when I started playing in the national team. He’s like a hero in Nigeria.
“We always have contact with each other and I spoke to him before I came to Leicester. I was in Russia and he called me, because he always advises me what to do.
“He told me that I would enjoy it in the Premier League and England, that it was a nice place.”
Musa, who has hardly featured for the Foxes this season, insists he needs time to adapt to English football.
“We [Musa and Vardy] haven’t tried yet so I can’t say now who is the quickest. But I tell you this – we’re going to have a race one day,” he continued.
“My friends called me Cristiano Ronaldo because I was playing on the wing and they thought I had a little bit of speed like him.
“The Premier League is much faster than Russia – there is so much running here – but I think within a few games I will be able to adapt.
“Whenever the manager decides, I’ll be ready to play and give 100%.”
Leicester host Southampton this Sunday.