Sandesh Jhingan set to move out of India, many European clubs interested

ATK Mohun Bagan rocky center-back Sandesh Jhingan is likely to quit the Kolkata-based club soon. The 28-year-old defender was adjudged with the AIFF Men’s Footballer of the year award recently. He made a solid comeback after an ACL injury and switched to ATK Mohun Bagan from Kerala Blasters. He currently serves as the unofficial third captain of the Indian national team and has cemented his place since 2015.

Jhingan also had links with big clubs like Al-Gharafa SC and Motherwell FC during his Kerala Blasters days. But he was out of the game for 13 months due to an ACL injury and had to focus on his career in India. Instead, he joined Kolkata giants ATK Mohun Bagan and reached on top of his game in just a matter of one season. And he is very confident about an abroad move after being the best Indian footballer in the 2020-21 season.

Sandesh Jhingan Ready For European Stint

Jhingan started his ISL career with Kerala Blasters in 2014 and quickly rose to fame. He won the ISL Emerging player award with Blasters in his debut season where a club finished the season as runners-up. Over the years he polished his game for The Tuskers and also served as captain for two seasons. He was the highest-paid Indian footballer when he renewed his contract with Kerala Blasters before the 2017-18 ISL season. He made a total of 78 appearances for Blasters and also holds the record of most appearances for the club. They also retired the number 21 jersey to pay tribute for contributions in the club’s journey.

Sandesh Jhingan Accolades:

YearAward
2014ISL Emerging Player of the Season
2014AIFF Emerging player of the Year
2020Arjuna Award
2020-21AIFF Men’s Player of the Year

St. Stephen’s Academy youth product was once unable to in the flight football in his early days. Thus he began his senior career with 2nd Division I-League side United Sikkim in 2011. He played alongside legends like Renedy Singh and Bhaichung Bhutia there and also helped the club to clinch 2nd Division in order to enter I-League first division. While playing for Kerala Blasters, he had numerous loan spells at I-League clubs like Sporting Goa, DSK Shivajians, and Bengaluru FC. Apart from this, he also has 4 goals in 40 appearances for the Indian team during national duty.

Sandesh Jhingan Career statistics at glance:

TeamYearsLeagueAppearancesGoalsAssistsMinutes
United Sikkim2011-2013I-League 2nd Division23201840
Mumbai FC2013-2014I-League1100984
Kerala Blasters2014-2020Indian Super League78046935
Sporting Goa (loan)2015I-League1110969
DSK Shivajians (loan)2016I-League700630
Bengaluru FC (loan)2017I-League18101573
ATK Mohun Bagan2020-presentIndian Super League22001892
Indian national team2015-present41403489

Jhingan has a current transfer market value of around ₹2.1 crore rupees which makes him 2nd most valuable Indian player right now. Although he joined ATK Mohun Bagan on a free transfer after his contract termination with Kerala Blasters on mutual consent. He currently has 5-year contract with ATK Mohun Bagan side with 4 years remaining.

Sandesh Jhingan’s market value over the years:

YearValueClubAge
2013₹21 lakhsUnited Sikkim20 years
2016₹1.04 croresKerala Blasters23 years
2017₹1.67 croresKerala Blasters24 years
2018₹2.1 croresKerala Blasters25 years
2020₹1.67 croresKerala Blasters27 years
2021₹2.1 croresATK Mohun Bagan28 years

Jhingan wants to seek new challenges abroad which will help him to become a better player. And he also received interests from Europe, including clubs from Australia, Croatia, and Greece. He is yet to speak openly about his current situation but rumors suggest that he may confirm it soon. It’ll be a great sign for Indian fans to see India’s premier central defender competing in European football. And Jhingan’s journey will also set the path for all young budding footballers with a desire to play football abroad.

Jasvinder Singh
I am Jasvinder Singh, a content specialist editor at Kheltalk, who is a sports enthusiast. I try to cover every cricket game being played on the planet. For me, sports is not limited to just writing but also playing it on the field as well.
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