Kolkata:Three days after he announced to part ways with Mohun Bagan, Bhaichung Bhutia on Thursday sent a letter seeking immediate release from the club. But a decision on the release will only be taken after 10 days when Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra resumes office after a holiday.
"We have received a sealed letter (addressed to the general secretary)... But since he is out of station, we cannot open the letter and take action. He (Bhutia) has to wait till the general secretary returns after 10 days," Mohun Bagan finance secretary Debashis Dutta said.
Mitra, who is holidaying in Kalimpong, told PTI: "I came to know about the letter. The season has ended so everybody including the coach (Karim Bencherifa) and players are on leave ... I am here for 10 days. After I go back, we will decide on that."
The Mohun Bagan captain, Bhutia, on the eve of their AFC Cup match against Al Karamah on May 18 told media that he would like to part ways with the club on being 'unjustifiably humiliated' by the latter with a show-cause notice.
The national team skipper said it was unfair for the club to make the issue public and question his highly impressive career of more than 17 years.
Mitra, however, had said Bhutia was yet to communicate his decision to the club in writing and till that time the club would not release the player.
It remains to be seen what would be the next move of the Indian football icon who is away in Mumbai in connection with a television dance reality show.
Bhutia's former club East Bengal have openly welcomed him to join the club.
After their executive meeting on May 19, East Bengal secretary Kalyan Majumder said the process was on and they were awaiting a release order from the green-and-maroon brigade.
Not only East Bengal, another city club Chirag United SC too have joined the race to sign the ace striker. The club chief Kaustav Roy apparently has had a talk with Bhutia.
Dempo coach Armando Colaco too was keen to have Bhutia in his line-up for the 2009-10 season.