Hero Indian Super League reigning champions Hyderabad FC and their midfielder Souvik Chakrabarti have decided to part ways ahead of the ninth season of the tournament. The decision was based on mutual agreement between the team and the player, the club announced on their social media platforms earlier in the week.
Chakrabarti was roped in by Hyderabad FC before the 2020-21 season, where the club finished at the fifth place and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the semifinals.
The midfielder made 16 appearances in the previous season for the club, providing two assists and had played a key role in taking them to championship. Chakrabarti was able to deliver the goods for the Nizams in the previous season of the league and played at the top of his game with Joao Victor.
In fact, the 30-year-old from Kolkata had started as career as a midfielder. But, Chakrabarti was asked to play as a full-back by different clubs. However, Marquez asked Chakrabarti to once again play in the midfield for Hyderabad FC, where he was able to grab his chances.
Chakrabarti had recently heaped praise on Manuel Marquez for playing a key role in his development.
“Coach Manolo has unearthed plenty of young talent, so most people think he’s only good with youngsters. But trust me, he manages senior players like me equally well,” Chakrabarti told Sportskeeda.com in an interview.
“He’s a great human being and always stands by his players. On the field, he’s very serious but off it, he loves to have fun with us. I haven’t seen many coaches in the ISL who are tactically as strong. I had been deployed as a full-back since 2015, but coach Manolo moved me back into midfield. He deserves full credit for my success,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chakrabarti started his football journey with Mohun Bagan academy. The midfielder also played for ISL outfits like Jamshedpur FC and Delhi Dynamos before joining hands with the Hyderabad based club.
It has been reported that Souvik Chakrabarti might be seen playing for home team East Bengal FC in the upcoming season.