ISL: Sandesh Jhingan Joins ATK Mohun Bagan, Says 'Joy Mohun Bagan, I'm Coming'
Sandesh Jhingan signs with ATK Mohun Bagan (Photo Credit: AIFF Media)
Sandesh Jhingan completed his move to ATK Mohun Bagan for the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season and signed a five-year deal with the Kolkata outfit, according to media reports. The announcement of the signing was made on Saturday, after Jhingan had released a teaser earlier in the day. Jhingan, who was with Kerala Blasters for the past six seasons of the ISL, left the Kochi-based outfit in May this year.
জয় এটিকে মোহন বাগান ❤️💚 pic.twitter.com/w7kR33fwG8— Sandesh Jhingan (@SandeshJhingan) September 26, 2020
Based on the deal, Jhingan becomes the most valued footballer in the country according to India's transfer specialist Marcus Mergulhao. Jhingan did not play the whole of the last season after he underwent an ACL surgery and was in recovery mode. Since the injury, Jhingan is yet to play a single match.
Jhingan is the most prominent of the centre-backs in the country and has even captained the Indian men's national team. Jhingan had offers from Bengaluru FC, FC Goa, Mumbai City FC, East Bengal and Odisha FC, apart from ATK Mohun Bagan.
Jhingan reportedly chose ATK Mohun Bagan due to a tailored exit clause in the contract that the ISL outfit were offering him.
According to a report in The Bridge, Jhingan's ATK Mohun Bagan contract has an exit clause that allows him to leave for his choice of club in whatever transfer window he chooses and in his preferred manner.
After ending his ties with Kerala Blasters, Jhingan had planned to go abroad to look for newer challenges. However, coronavirus struck his plans and with the financial issues plaguing clubs world over, it became impossible for any foreign deal to materialise.
Jhingan then decided to stay in India and looked at offers from all the ISL clubs and picked ATK Mohun Bagan as his.