Leshabela explains why Luton deal is off

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Khanya Leshabela has revealed why his proposed loan move to Luton Town did not happen.

The midfielder is back at Leicester City where he is part of Brendan Rodgers’s pre-season camp ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League season.

Leicester initially wanted to send the 21-year-old out on loan for regular first team football, but after spending a week with Luton, the loan did not materialize.

“Leicester wanted to loan me out for the season while Luton were looking for a permanent deal. So after days of negotiations, my club decided that it’s best for me to come back until another loan deal is organised.

“For now my focus will be to impress in pre-season, the rest will work itself out as time goes.”

Prior to the deal breaking down, Luton coach Nathan Jones had expressed his satisfaction with the player’s quality, but the South African will now look for a loan stint elsewhere.

Leshabela is one of the promising youngsters who have went through the youth set-up at Leicester and Rodgers is a big admirer of the creative midfielder hence the Irishman is only willing to send him out on loan instead of a permanent sale.

The Soshanguve-born youngster has represented South Africa at youth level, but he is yet to play for the senior national team. He was part of coach Thabo Senong’s U20 squad that went to the 2019 Fifa World Cup and he has been involved in coach David Notoane’s U23 camps in the past.

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By FARPost Reporter