Sandesh Jhingan and Kerala Blasters have officially parted ways on Thursday. The native of Chandigarh, who joined Kerala Blasters in 2014, played for the Kerala Blasters Club for 6 seasons. The 26-year-old has worn the Kerala Blasters jersey in 76 matches so far.
Sandesh, who has grown up with the Blasters team, is preparing to pursue a new challenge, according to a club news release. No one else will be given his number 21 to pay an honour to the player, club officials said.
Kerala Blasters FC said: “We are proud to have supported Jhingan’s growth from the very scratch. Sandesh, who fans affectionately call him “The Wall Model,” has always been very passionate and enthusiastic on and off the field, according to club officials.
Since making his ISL debut in 2014, Sandesh has been the recipient of the ISL and AIFF Emerging Player Award. Sandesh played in two ISL finals and was captain of the national team on various occasions.
Sandesh has led the Kerala Blasters for the 2017 ISL season. Blasters said Sandesh Jhingan was also nominated for the AIFF Arjuna Award.
“We are happy to be a part of Kerala Blasters from the very first day,” said Sandesh Jhingan.
“We have helped each other grow but have finally decided to part ways. We have created some great memories together. All the best wishes for the club going forward. A special mention to the people of Kerala who have always stood behind the club and I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart for all the love you have shown me and KBFC. I am sure you will continue to support the club in the future. The club and the fans will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks! ”said the leaving Sandesh Jhingan.
“We would like to thank the club and its supporters for their commitment, loyalty and passion for the messages. KBFC honours Sandesh’s desire to pursue a new challenge, and we wish him all the best for this new journey. He will always be a blaster at heart. In honor of his contribution to the club, his jersey number 21 will no longer be in the squad and will be permanently retired, ”said Nikhil Bharadwaj, owner of Kerala Blasters FC.
What’s Next For Sandesh Jhingan ?
Now the question is, where will Sandesh Jhingan go for next season. There are quite a lot of Indian teams who would love to have Jhingan’s services, among them are, East Bengal, Bengaluru FC, Mohun Bagan ATK, Mumbai City FC.
Not only Indian clubs but also some foreign clubs from Europe, Australia and Qatar are interested to sign the Indian defender. It is expected that if Sandesh Jhingan goes to England, then he would play in the Sky Bet Championship League 1 or League 2.