Jordan Henderson is officially an Ajax player.
After spending just six months in Saudi Arabia, the former Liverpool skipper is on the move once again, this time joining Dutch giants Ajax. After several days of speculation, Henderson was officially unveiled earlier today, with the player taking up the no.6 shirt.
The transfer brings to an end a nightmare six months for Henderson, who has gone from being one of the most respected players in the Premier League, to a figure of hate - booed by his own fans during England games - and ridiculed for following the money to Saudi Arabia, despite his previous work with the LGBTQ+ community.
Henderson says the move is about football - and there is truth in that, but it is also an admission that he made a bad career choice in going to the Saudi Pro League. Neither he, nor his family, settled in Saudi, he struggled with the climate and culture, and despite his assurances that the football was good, playing in front of just 700 poeople most weeks, is a huge comedown from playing at Anfield.
During his spell at Al Ettifaq, Henderson made 17 appearances, created 4 goals, and was yellow carded 4 times. The team won just six of the games he played in, and currently sit eight in the tabe.
Transfer mutually beneficial to both parties....
There has been a lot of speculation about Henderson's wages at Al Ettifaq, and whether he will actually ever be paid for the time he spent at the club. Many reports suggest that he deferred his initial salary, to avoid problems with taxes and his status within the UK. Having left Saudi Arabia so soon, there is a suggestion that Henderson will now forego the money he would have earned, as a thank you to the club for allowing him to move away. When questionned at his unveiling today, Henderson had only positive thinks to say about Al Ettifaq and the Saudi Pro League, but the statement released by the club may be more telling :
"Firstly, the club would like to thank Jordan for his efforts and wish him the best for his future endeavours”.
“We are always respectful of our players. The club and Jordan believe this quick decision, without any delay or further distraction, has been made for both the overall good of the club and for Jordan."
So whilst Henderson has got the move he wanted, the club also feel that they have acted decisively, and in their own best interests, to resolve this matter. Certainly, not having to pay Henderson £2million+ will have helped ease the pain of losing their marquee summer singing.
Henderson has signed a three year deal with Ajax, and will be looking to use this opportunity to repair his career and image, on and off the field.
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