A South African midfielder is expected to continue training with a Belgian Pro League club.

Pretoria-born Khanya Leshabela continues to assess his options as he looks to start playing regularly in the 2022/23 campaign.

The 22-year-old has had an interesting journey since leaving his native country as a two-year-old after his father got an opportunity to work abroad.

He began his career at the academies of Parklands Tigers and Gregory Celtics, before being scouted by Leicester City in 2013.

After six impressive years at the Leicester academy, the Foxes rewarded the midfielder with a three-and-a-half-year contract which is set to expire at the end of June 2022.

Although he has trained with the senior team frequently in the last three years, the playmaker only made his debut in March 2022, coming on as an 81st minute substitute in a 5-0 league victory against Sheffield United – coach Brendan Rodgers was impressed after the cameo.

“Yeah, he’s worked very hard, we’ve given a lot of young players a taste of first-team football and he’s a young player who’s worked very hard, he was unfortunate not go on loan. We had to keep him to have him around the first team squad and got his reward for that ” he told the media in a post-match press conference.

“There’s still a long way to go for him but he’s got quality and he came into the game again and showed nice confidence.

“He is a young player who has done well, I’ve been really impressed by Khanya. He is dynamic, he is physical, he has good fitness, a nice touch of the ball and he has an understanding of how to play the game tactically, which is very important – he has been bright.”

It is still unclear whether the 2015/16 Premier League champions will offer the South African a new deal, but he has been training with Belgian top-flight side OH Leuven with the hopes of securing a deal.

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