Atletico de Kolkata star Jewel Raja's future uncertain after ISL

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Bengaluru, Dec 12: Former India international and Atletico de Kolkata midfielder Jewel Raja's future looks gloomy as soon as the Indian Super League end.

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Raja, 26, is a key member of the Kolkata side and was instrumental in keeping a firm check on Mumbai City FC star Diego Forlan in the first semi-final on Saturday, December 10.

Jewel Raja (centre) celebrates with Kolkata teammates (Image courtesy: ISL Twitter)

Jewel Raja was a part of the Dempo side which qualified for I-League this season but unfortunately, Dempo decided to withdraw their name from the league which has left him and several other players without a club.

The midfielder is yet to receive an offer from any I-League side which has become a great reason of worry for him.

Speaking on his situation, Jewel Raja said: “My future seems uncertain. I have not yet received any phone call or offer from any of the I-League clubs this season. I am truly worried.”

On Dempo's last moment decision to withdraw from the I-League, Jewel lamented: “I did not leave Dempo even after they were relegated to second division in the year before last.

"Rather I preferred to take up the challenge of guiding my side to the elite League again. But now, when our effort has brought Dempo again in the elite I-League, the club decided to pull out of the League.

"Naturally, all the footballers in the team have fallen in great mental distress. I have not been able to rejoice my performance even after getting the appreciation from coach Molina and my teammates.”

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