Kerala Blasters inks three-year deal with Jinghan

Ruben Hill
July 8, 2017

Though the management had announced the name of C K Vineeth, nothing was mentioned about the second star then. The three-year deal with Jhingan makes him the highest-paid Indian defender.

Jhingan played a starring role in Kerala Blasters' run to the Indian Super League final previous year. After retaining Jhingan, the Blasters have now completed two domestic signings and one U-21 player signing and now they can enter the player draft only in the third round.

The India worldwide signed a three-year deal with the Sachin Tendulkar-owned club that will see him stay with the Kochi club till the end of the 2020 season. Both Jhingan and Vineeth enjoy a big following, hence their retentions are a cause for celebration for the Kochi-based club's faithful.

Jhingan, who has been a key element in Blasters defence since 2014, played pivotal role in taking the team to finals twice.

Sandesh Jhingan has been an integral part of the Kerala Blasters set up since the inaugural edition of the ISL where he made his bones after being named the Emerging Player of the Year.

Besides being a star for his club sides, Jhingan is also a regular in Stephen Constantine's Indian national team.

"Glad to be back to play for Mumbai City FC".

With his arrival, Kerala Blasters can now shift their attention to signing Anas Edathodika, a local lad, should he not be retained by Delhi Dynamos. But realising that getting Jhingan from the players draft would be expensive, Blasters chose to close the deal on Friday itself. This has been officially confirmed by Blasters. Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is reportedly in talks with the Kochi-based club.

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