Spanish midfielder Alvaro Rubio has ended his short stint with Bengaluru FC after his contract with the club expired today.
Brought in by coach Albert Roca in July to add experience to Bengaluru's AFC Cup campaign, 37-year-old Alvaro was a vital factor in the club reaching the final in Doha and create history.
"I had a stupendous experience at BFC. Personally, it was a positive development for me and I am very grateful to the players, management, fans and everyone associated with the club. I wasn't from the country but they always made me feel home," said the Spaniard, who has played more than 300 La Liga games.
"I am sure that this club has a great future ahead. I would like to thank everyone again and I hope we meet soon," said Rubio from his home in Spain.
"Alvaro was brought with a specific plan in mind for the AFC Cup and he leaves having done everything that was asked of him. He's been a great professional and in a short time has managed to be an influence on the youngsters in the team who I believe, have learned much from him. We wish him luck and thank him for his time with Bengaluru FC," said Roca.
The club also parted ways with midfielder Darren Caldeira and right-back Vishal Kumar who, like Rubio, were on short-term deals, the club informed via a media release.