Bengaluru: Spanish midfielder Alvaro Rubio has called time on his short but impactful Bengaluru FC sojourn after seeing out his contract that ended on November 30. 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 Blues reaching the final in Doha.
The former Real Valladolid captain who came to Bengaluru having played more than 300 La Liga games didn’t need time to stamp his class in midfield.
“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. 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.
Donning the No.9 shirt at Bengaluru, the wiry Rubio made light of his age and frame, controlling play in the middle for the Blues. His composure on the ball and his distribution caught the delight of teammates and fans alike. “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.