Sachin Tendulkar says a piece of his heart will always beat for Kerala Blasters after selling off stakes ahead of ISL season

Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday said 'a piece of my heart will always beat' for Kerala Blasters, after selling off his stakes in the franchise before the start of the new Indian Super League football season

Press Trust of India September 16, 2018 14:42:27 IST
Sachin Tendulkar says a piece of his heart will always beat for Kerala Blasters after selling off stakes ahead of ISL season

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday said "a piece of my heart will always beat" for Kerala Blasters, after selling off his stakes in the franchise before the start of the new Indian Super League football season.

Tendulkar has always been an integral part of the Blasters set-up and was often seen cheering the team from the stands in home and away games.

Sachin Tendulkar says a piece of his heart will always beat for Kerala Blasters after selling off stakes ahead of ISL season

File image of Sachin Tendulkar. Reuters

"In its fifth year, it is important that the club puts the building blocks for the next five years and beyond. It is also a time for me to reflect on the role that I should play. After reflecting and much discussion with my team, I have decided to exit my association with Kerala Blasters as a co-promoter," Tendulkar said in a statement.

"I strongly believe that Kerala Blasters is in very good shape and on its path to attain many more successes with the backing of its fans offering unconditional support. I am very proud of Kerala Blasters and a piece of my heart will always beat for the club."

Tendulkar has been associated with the franchise since its inception in 2014.

Over the last four years, Kerala Blasters Football Club has been an integral part of my life. I have undergone all the emotions that millions of Kerala Blasters fans have undergone during this period.

"My association with Kerala Blasters was driven with the intent to reignite the passion for the game and give the many fans and the abundant talent in Kerala, a national platform to express themselves.

"It has been a thrilling experience to chase this pursuit and something which I will always cherish," the batting great said in the statement.

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