Midfielder Alvaro Rubio leaves Bengaluru FC

Spanish midfielder Alvaro Rubio has ended his short but impactful stint at Bengaluru FC (BFC) after seeing out his contract, which ended on November 30. The club also parted ways with midfielder Darren Caldeira and right-back Vishal Kumar who, like Rubio, were on short-term deals.

Brought in by coach Albert Roca in July to bolster Bengaluru's AFC Cup campaign with his experience, Rubio, 37, played a vital role in the BFC's run to the final. The former Real Valladolid captain, who came to BFC with more than 300 La Liga games under his belt, needed little time to make an impact 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," Rubio said.

Donning the No. 9 shirt, Rubio made light of his age and frame, controlling play in the middle with his composure on the ball and his distribution.

"Alvaro was brought with a specific plan in mind for the AFC Cup and he leaves having done everything that was asked of him," Roca said. "He has 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."