Defender Alexander Callens has left New York City FC to join La Liga side Girona FC, the club announced Monday.
Callens spent six years with NYCFC having joined prior to the 2017 season, going on to make 193 appearances for the club across all competitions.
During that time, the 35-time Peru international became a key player as NYCFC won MLS Cup and Campeones Cup titles, anchoring the defense from his center-back position, while also regularly popping up with important goals.
Now 30 years old, Callens has left to test himself in the Spanish top flight with fellow City Football Group side Girona.
“I’d like to thank Alex for the tremendous amount he has given to the Club since his arrival,” NYCFC sporting director David Lee said in a club press release. “We have seen Alex grow into the player and leader he is today through his incredible work ethic and commitment, establishing himself as one of our longest-serving players. His performances have earned him recognition as one of the best defenders in the league, and he will go down in NYCFC history for playing a vital role in helping us win MLS Cup and Campeones Cup.
“Not only is Alex a fantastic player, he is also a great person and has brought so much energy and positivity to our group over the years. While we’re sad to see him go, we understand that it was Alex’s desire to test himself in a new league in Europe. Alex is another example of the strong culture we have here in New York of identifying players and helping them develop and achieve their professional goals. We look forward to closely following Alex’s career and we wish him all the best in Spain.”
Without Callens, NYCFC are looking to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs for the eighth consecutive season in 2023, beginning the new campaign away at Nashville SC on February 25.