All is not well with some of the Indian Super League (ISL) franchises. Since the time ISL season has ended, some of the clubs have been accused of not clearing the salaries and dues of their players. The newly formed club Hyderabad FC, Kerala Blasters have been grabbing headlines because of all the wrong reasons.
Indian football team defender Sandesh Jhingan has left the Kochi-based Indian Super League side, Kerala Blasters. According to reports in the media, Kerala Blasters are facing financial constraints and have reportedly asked many players to take pay cuts. 26 year old Jhingan is one of the costliest player in the Indian football ecosystem and had a annual contract in the range of 1.1 to 1.2 Crore with the Kerala team.
Due to the Covid19 impact, Blasters wanted to give salary cuts to the players and that in all likelihood led to Jhingan looking for better options elsewhere. Jhingan who has been the Blasters since the very first ISL edition, has played 76 matches for the Kerala based team. He holds the record for most appearances for the Yellow Army.
“Sandesh (Jhingan) has an existing contract with Blasters which extends to another two years. Yet he will be parting ways with the club. A final settlement will be done between Sandesh and Blasters. As of now he is leaving Blasters and in all probability moving outside the country” TOI reported a source as saying.
Jhingan has been a mainstay in the backline in the national team over the years, firstly under Stephen Constantine and then Igor Stimac, and has been recently been nominated for the Arjuna Awardby the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Jhingan, who has been with been named captain by the Kochi-based team on multiple occasions, is a fan-favourite in Kerala.
It is yet unknown Jhingan’s next destination, even though he spent the majority of last season on the bench with injury. Meanwhile Blasters recently appointed Kibu Vicuna as their 10th manager in six years. InsideSport tried reaching out to both Kerala Blasters management and Jhingan who were not available to comment on the development.