Ajax manager speaks on links with Jordan Henderson

Ajax manager John van ‘t Schip has publicly addressed reports that his side are looking at Jordan Henderson.

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Ajax Amsterdam have been linked with a move for former Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson.

Henderson left last summer, which was unexpected from both the player and from the club side.

The England international reportedly knew his game time would decrease – owing to the new signings made by Jurgen Klopp.

As a result, Henderson decided to join up with Reds legend Steven Gerrard at Al-Ettifaq in the summer.

Having spent around six months with Gerrard, Henderson is disillusioned with the way things have turned out in the Middle East.

Just halfway through the campaign, Henderson now wants to leave the Middle East.

He has played 19 games in all competitions and has got five assists but is yet to get his first goal for the club.

Ajax want Jordan Henderson

The Dutch club want to bolster their squad with an experienced central midfielder this month.

They have identified the 33-year-old as a potential transfer target.

Ajax have struggled to churn out positive results this season in the Eredivisie as they currently lie fifth – 23 points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.

Now Ajax manager John van ‘t Schip has spoken about his side’s interest in the former Liverpool skipper (via ESPN):

“There’s serious talk going on with Henderson.”

“He still has some things to arrange in Saudi Arabia. It could be a nice match.”

“It’s no secret that we could really use that type of player. Other guys can benefit from that.” ‘

So, it seems that Ajax would really like Jordan Henderson, and it’s clear to understand why.

While the England international may be past his prime, his experience is second to none.

He has captained a Liverpool side that won everything available to them, plus over 80 caps for England.

His know-how and leadership skills would be integral to a heavily underperforming Ajax side.

Jordan Henderson wants to be involved in the Euros

Jordan Henderson still holds out a hope of making the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2024.

Although he has called up to he most recent international break while he was still in Saudi Arabia, he cannot gamble that Southgate will continue to select him.

Plying his trade in Europe for a club as big as Ajax should help keep him in contention for his place on the plane in the summer.

Juventus are believed to hold a strong interest in the 33-year-old.

Transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio would detail the Old Lady’s interest, saying:

“Massimiliano Allegri’s side have held talks with Henderson over a short-term loan deal for the second half of the campaign.”

“However, the 33-year-old, who is keen on returning to Europe is seeking an 18-month deal.” 

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