Hero Indian Super League (ISL) outfit NorthEast United FC have parted company with five first-team players - Imran Khan, Arindam Bhattacharja, Gurjinder Kumar, Provat Lakra and Mashoor Shereef - the club announced on Monday.

Khan, Kumar, Lakra and Shereef were all part of the NorthEast United FC squad that reached the semi-finals during the Hero ISL 2020-21 season under head coach Khalid Jamil.

Midfielder Khan has been one of NorthEast United FC’s most influential players over the years, recording two goals and four assists across 37 Hero ISL appearances.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Bhattacharja joined the Highlanders in 2022 from East Bengal FC. The former Hero ISL Golden Glove winner played 10 matches last season for NEUFC, recording 34 saves.

Defender Singh, who signed for the club in 2015, leaves the club after making 45 appearances in the Hero ISL. He featured in 11 games for the club during the 2022-23, also recording an assist.

Shereef, who also joined NorthEast United FC in 2020, leaves the club after 34 Hero ISL appearances across three seasons. His impressive performances during the 2020-21 season saw him being called up to the senior national team, where he made his debut against UAE. However, he featured in just eight games for NEUFC last season.

On the other hand, full-back Lakra has been involved with the Highlanders since the 2018-19 season. He has played 36 Hero ISL games. The Kolkata-born defender did not feature for NorthEast United FC during the 2022-23 season as the club finished bottom of the standings.