As soon as Jordan Henderson’s deal to Ajax is finalized, he will depart Saudi Arabia. Al-Ettifaq granted the England midfielder permission to do so.
This month, Jordan Henderson will be permitted to depart Al-Ettifaq, a Saudi Pro League team.
Henderson will now sign a permanent contract to join Ajax, as reported by Mirror Football. The 33-year-old former captain of Liverpool signed a three-year contract to play for Al-Ettifaq under former Reds teammate Steven Gerrard, and that contract was inked just six months ago.
With his image in ruins, Henderson will now quickly return to European football. The England player, who has been a strong advocate for the LGBT+ community, faced harsh criticism for accepting to play in Saudi Arabia. Since same-sex partnerships are forbidden in Saudi Arabia, many of his admirers felt deceived by his contentious choice.
Henderson maintains that he never travelled to the Middle East in order to obtain his alleged £700,000 weekly salary. His goal was to “achieve something special and build a club and build the league” . But at Ajax, he probably won’t make nearly as much money as he did in Saudi Arabia.
Upon his arrival, the former Sunderland player was named captain of Al-Ettifaq and handed the No. 10 shirt. However, he hasn’t scored in 17 games for Gerrard’s team, who haven’t triumphed since October. Merely eight points separate Al-Ettifaq from the relegation zone.
The Saudi Pro League feels humiliated by Henderson’s return to European football, as they may find it difficult to draw in new stars if players are departing. It’s also believed that players like Roberto Firmino and Karim Benzema are thinking about their futures.
The Saudi Pro League is now on winter break, thus Henderson is returning to the UK from Al-Ettifaq’s training camp in Abu Dhabi, according to The Athletic. In theory, the athlete has consented to sign with Ajax, who are having a difficult season.
The Eredivisie’s bottom team in October, the Dutch behemoths have subsequently moved up to fifth. They need to finish in the top four to secure a spot in Europe the next season, as they are now 23 points behind leaders PSV, who have won all 17 of their league games this season. Ajax plays Bodo/Glimt in the play-off round and is still in the Europa Conference League.
Henderson’s wish to leave Saudi Arabia was rumored earlier this month. Although Ajax prevailed in the battle, Juventus and Premier League teams were interested in signing him.
Henderson’s chances of making the England squad for Euro 2024 will increase with his impending return to Europe. Gareth Southgate, the manager of the Three Lions, has supported the youngster for the past six months and is probably going to choose him for the competition in Germany.