- Henderson set to leave Al-Ettifaq
- Midfielder keen to play in Europe again
- Ajax looking for strong run in after underwhelming campaign
England midfielder Jordan Henderson is reportedly on the brink of joining Ajax in a permanent move. Although preparations for his arrival in Amsterdam are underway, no official deal has been concluded as of yet.
Henderson keen to return to Europe
Henderson, 33, had previously signed a three-year contract with Saudi club Al-Ettifaq in July, securing a reported £700,000 a week deal after departing from Liverpool in a £12 million transfer. Recent reports suggest that Henderson is discontent with his current situation in Saudi Arabia and is eager to return to European football.
Despite initially teaming up with former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who manages Al-Ettifaq, Henderson has made only 17 appearances in the Saudi Pro League. His desire to move back to Europe has fuelled speculation about his future.
The move to Saudi Arabia had garnered criticism for Henderson, who faced backlash for relocating to a country where same-sex sexual activity is illegal. The midfielder, known for his advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community during his time at Liverpool, expressed feeling “really hurt” by the criticism, emphasising his intention to support causes and communities.
Henderson’s impending exit from Al-Ettifaq is not causing concern among Saudi Pro League authorities, as the financial implications are reportedly viewed as “positive” for the club. It is understood that they respect Henderson’s unsettled situation and have worked to resolve the matter amicably.
Ajax, currently facing a challenging season and sitting in fifth place, 23 points behind league leaders PSV Eindhoven, could be Henderson’s next destination. If the deal is concluded swiftly, there is speculation that Henderson could make his debut for Ajax in the Eredivisie against RKC Waalwijk on Sunday. However, fans and observers will need to await official announcements for confirmation of this potential move.
Bettors looking to bet on Ajax matches and on the Eredivisie will need to assess the impact Henderson makes should he sign. At the time of writing, bet365 have Ajax priced at 6/1 to climb the table and make the top three. Likewise those betting on the Saudi Pro League need to look at the affect this will have on Al-Ettifaq.
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