Kerala Blasters and Sandesh Jhingan have parted ways on mutual consent, the club announced on Thursday. This marks the end of six-year long association between the player and the club.
Jhingan joined Blasters ahead of the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League and became one of their key players over the years. A fan favourite, Jhingan even captained Blasters during his stint with the South IIndian outfit. The 26-year-old is said to have received offers from abroad and it remains to be seen what his next steps are.
Kerala Blasters have also decided to permanently retire his no.21 jersey, as a tribute to his contribution to the club.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sandesh for his commitment, loyalty, and passion for the club and its supporters. KBFC respects Sandesh's desire to pursue a new challenge and we wish him all the best for this new journey. We know that he will always remain a Blaster at heart. As a tribute to his contributions to the club, we will be permanently retiring his jersey number 21," club owner Nikhil Bharadwaj said.
In other news, club CEO Viren D'Silva has reportedly submitted his resignation and the club has accepted it, according to Khel Now. The club has also reportedly asked its players to take pay cut in the light of COVID-19 crisis, although nothing official have come from the club yet.