Sandesh Jhingan has reportedly agreed to a move to the Croatian side HNK Sibenik. The 28-year-old centre-back has been a key contributor to Indian football and would be looking to achieve a dream move to Europe!
Although the transfer could be a major setback for ATK Mohun Bagan, it could lead to opportunities for many Indians who have always been dreaming about playing in Europe.
It was a decent season for the Mariners but Jhingan is yet to win a trophy with them. He lost the final as well as the Winner’s shield to Sergio Lobera led Mumbai City FC.
Sandesh Jhingan has agreed terms with HNK Sibenik and will be traveling soon to Croatia
Jhingan joined ATKMB from arch-rivals Kerala Blasters in the 2020-21 season for winning some trophies. However, he failed to win any trophy and now, he might be thinking about considering the”playing abroad” option. He made 22 appearances for the ISL club.
He was under the spotlight after a superb debut with the Kerala club and then winning the AIFF emerging player of the year award in 2014. Then, in 2015, he made his debut for the national team.
But, the biggest achievement for him was the offers from Austria, Croatia and Greece. Surprisingly, he chose the nation from where current India head coach Igor Stimac is from.
HNK Sibenik are interested in signing him as per Marcus Mergulhao. In addition to this, the Croatian club is in need for an experienced defender and are currently 9th in the Croatian league.
They were promoted from the second league to the first league in 2019-20 as the second division champions. But, he could get guidance from a former FC Barcelona youth player Mario Rosas, who is their current head coach.
But, the good news would be that the veteran defender could get an opportunity to play against two of the big clubs in Croatia – Hajduk Split and Dinamo Zagreb. Whereas, for the 2020-21 ISL finalists, it would be a bad news for them in their preparation for AFC Cup this year.
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