Reports say that Jordan Henderson has decided to leave Al Ettifaq in the Saudi Pro League. He will be leaving after just under six months with the team.
Henderson got to Saudi Arabia not long after Steven Gerrard, a legendary Liverpool player, was named manager of Al Ettifaq.
Al Ettifaq was in first place in the Saudi Pro League after five games during his time at the club. However, they haven’t won since October 28.
Ahead of the month, the Daily Mail said Henderson was “desperate” to end his time in Saudi Arabia after only six months and get back to the Premier League right away.
The 33-year-old is said to have “struggled with the heat and humidity” in the country and isn’t happy with Al Ettifaq’s average attendance of 7,800.
It was even said that the captain who helped win the Premier League would be willing to take a big pay cut to leave.
Now, The Athletic says Henderson has decided to end his contract with Al Ettifaq and join the Dutch giants Ajax.
That deal is almost done, and the 33-year-old player is now finishing it. This means that Ajax will not have to pay a transfer fee to get him. He is also taking a plane back to the UK from the winter training camp for his present club.
Henderson will now try to keep Ajax’s comeback going. The Dutch giants are now in fifth place in the Eredivisie, having come back from a terrible start to the season that put them in danger of being relegated for a few weeks.
They are 23 points behind leaders PSV, who have won all 17 games under Peter Bosz. However, they are only 11 points behind second-placed Feyenoord, who have already qualified for the Champions League.
The 33-year-old, who stopped his 12-year relationship with Liverpool last summer, didn’t seem to be able to get back to the Premier League.
He is now going to start a new journey in the Netherlands, where he hopes his time will be more successful on the game than at Al Ettifaq.