Spanish Defender Inigo Calderon and Chennaiyin FC have parted ways it was declared on Tuesday. Although Calderon didn’t exactly justify his departure, he cited personal reasons as responsible for his decision to leave the club.
Chennaiyin FC, who are two-time Indian Super League champions, confirmed the news on its official Twitter page. “You may have been here just a year and a half, but the moments you’ve allowed us to have will remain forever,” read the tweet which also included a video message.
You may have been here just a year and a half, but the moments you've allowed us to have, will remain forever.
Chennaiyin mutually part ways with club favourite @I_CALDERON_14.
— Chennaiyin FC 🏆🏆 (@ChennaiyinFC) January 29, 2019
Calderon had become a fan favourite of sorts during his stint at the club. He was an integral part of Chennaiyin’s 2017-18 ISL title march. Then, he had featured in 20 matches, chipping in with three crucial goals from the right-back position. Notwithstanding his age, 37, he was voted as the fittest player of the season.
An ‘Amazing’ stay
“I am not in Chennai any more. I had to stay back in Spain for personal reasons, & I just want to say thank you to everyone. It has been an amazing one & a half seasons for me. Last year, obviously, was a wonderful season. We won the championship. I enjoyed it a lot. The football & the experience,” he said, before adding, “This year has been a really difficult season, not getting the points we would have liked to.” Calderon has played for the south Indian club in 12 matches in the current season.
He also thanked the Chennaiyin supporters for their sustained support in spite of the club’s performance in the league this season.
Chennaiyin FC’s performance this season
It has been a very sad story for Chennaiyin FC this season. Let alone the title defence, the reigning champions are struggling to even muster points from matches. As a result of this, the club continues to languish at the bottom of the table with just 5 points in 13 matches. Their last match was encouraging but ended in a 1-0 defeat away at the hands of North East United.
The departure of Inigo Calderon would further put pressure on head coach John Gregory in a fight for the playoffs.
You came. You fought. You conquered.
— Chennaiyin FC 🏆🏆 (@ChennaiyinFC) January 30, 2019