Jordan Henderson: Ajax acquire England international as midfielder terminates Al Ettifaq contract

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Jurgen Klopp has defended Jordan Henderson’s decision to leave Saudi Arabia after just six months, questioning how people could criticize him. Henderson recently signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Ajax following the termination of his three-year deal with Al Ettifaq. The midfielder faced backlash for his move to Saudi Arabia, considering his vocal support for the LGBTQ+ community during his time at Liverpool. Additionally, critics questioned his decision to leave Al Ettifaq so soon after expressing his desire to contribute to the growth of football in the country. Klopp emphasized that people should not judge others’ decisions and that Henderson had his reasons for returning to Europe. He praised his former captain’s performance on the pitch during his time in Saudi Arabia and emphasized the positive aspects of his experience.

Henderson expressed sadness at leaving Al Ettifaq and thanked the club and its fans for their support. Al Ettifaq’s club president also thanked Henderson for his efforts and acknowledged that the decision was made in the best interest of both parties. Henderson is now set to wear the No 6 shirt at Ajax. The team has struggled this season and currently sits fifth in the Eredvisie, far behind the leaders PSV. Ajax’s coach, John van ‘t Schip, highlighted the experience and leadership qualities Henderson brings to the team. He also urged caution in criticizing the midfielder, emphasizing that people do not know the full story behind his decisions.

In conclusion, Henderson’s move to Ajax marks the end of his controversial spell in Saudi Arabia. Klopp defended his former captain’s decisions and praised his abilities on the pitch. Henderson expressed his gratitude to Al Ettifaq and looks forward to his new challenge at Ajax. The club and its president also expressed their appreciation and acknowledged that the decision was made for the benefit of both parties. Ajax’s coach highlighted Henderson’s importance to the team and called for understanding rather than criticism.

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