By Johnny Edward:
CSKA Moscow Nigerian striker Aaron Samuel has revealed that his eagerness to develop as a player was a major reason for opting for a move back to Europe despite big name players joining teams in the lucrative Chinese Super League, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Samuel first joined CSKA on a loan deal last year but suffered an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury in the Russian Cup final and was sidelined for about eight months.
The 22 year old striker has since left Chinese side, Guangzhou R&F FC to join the Russian side on a four and a half year deal in January.
Samuel insists he doesn't envy players joining team in China from Europe.
"I have already spent some time in China. I'm still young and I want to develop a career, and to do that I need to perform at a higher level," Samel told Sports.ru.
"Therefore, I decided to leave China. It is necessary to progress and to develop. I do not envy the players going there to play. "It's not my problem. I care less about the money, football is what's on my mind."
Odion Ighalo, Chinedu Obasi and John Mikel Obi are three of his compatriots who recently joined Chinese clubs .
Samuel also told sports.ru he was fully prepared for the start of the second half of the Russian league.
"I feel good now and ready to go. The knee does not bother me anymore, I am in shape for the second half of the season.
"I have been involved in pre-season and cannot wait to get out on the field to play again."
Samuel who could make his long awaited return to action next month when CSKA Moscow face Zenith St Petersburg refused to set any goal target for himself.
He also played down the comparison of him and former Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike.
"I can assure you that I will give my best to the team. Maybe we can be champion again this season. Everything is posible.
"Emenike is Emenike and Olanare (Aaron Samuel) – is Olanare. We should not compare. Emmanuel quite successfully performed in Russia. Now it was my turn to shine.
"This is football. I cannot say how many goals I will score. It is difficult to predict. But what I will try very hard and that's the fact."