May 16, 2021

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East Bengal: Matti Steinmann leaves, Bright Enobakhare unlikely to extend his stay


Shree Cement has decided not to invest any more until and unless the club signs the final agreement …

The talismanic East Bengal German midfielder Matti Steinmann mutually terminated his contract and left the club, Goal can confirm.

Steinmann, who had signed a two-year contract with the Red and gold last season, decided to end his association with the club after only one season.

Why is Steinmann leaving?

He would have received a pay raise in the second season if he had stayed but he is leaving the club due to the ongoing brawl between club officials and investors Shree Cement Limited over signing the deal final.

Goal previously revealed that the German was in talks with his former A-League club Wellington Phoenix and was set to leave the club.

The former Hamburg midfielder was one of the Calcutta giants’ best players in the Indian Super League (ISL) last season with four goals and three assists in 17 appearances. Thus, his departure will be a big blow for the team.

Along with Steinmann, another fan favorite and star player, Bright Enobakhare, is also set to leave the Red and Golds. The Nigerian striker, who had joined the club in the January transfer window for a short-term deal, was eager to extend his stay with the club for the coming season, but due to the uncertainty it appears that Enobakhare is also on the way. out of the club.

What happened in East Bengal?

On March 24, Shree Cement issued an ultimatum to club officials regarding their signing on the final deal between the two parties. They also attached the condition sheet on the basis of which the final agreement was drawn up.

The conditions sheet was signed by both parties in September 2020 on the basis of which the sporting rights of the club as well as all its assets and property (including intellectual) were transferred to the new company Shree Cement East Bengal Foundation – a joint venture between the two. parties.

East Bengal club officials, for their part, maintained the position that some clauses of the final deal differ from the conditions sheet. But the investor continues to refute their claims.

According to sources close to Goal, investors decided not to invest or enter into new contracts with anyone until the final agreement was signed.