Jordan Henderson was announced as an Ajax Amsterdam player following his high-profile exit from Steve Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq.
Despite optimism and promises of building up the league and the profile of Saudi Arabian football, Henderson was disillusioned with the way things turned out in the Middle East.
A mere six months after joining the Dammam side, Henderson decided it would be best for him and his family to return to Europe.
It is thought that the 33-year-old’s family found it difficult to adjust to life in the Gulf – although it is said that his family was actually staying on the island of Bahrain.
Now at Ajax, hopefully the former Liverpool man can make his impact felt as an experienced player.
He arrives at an Ajax side short on confidence.
The Dutch giants have somewhat recovered from an awful start to the season.
They currently in 5th place but behind Eredivisie leaders PSV by a whopping 23 points.
Now speaking in his first interview with Ajax, Henderson has spoken a bit about his move and how the past year has been treating him.
Jordan Henderson admits ‘difficult’ six months
Speaking to Ajax, Henderson remarked at the whirlwind few days it has been for him:
“I’m not sure, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind, a crazy few days, but I’m just so excited now to be here,” the England international began.
“Start a new chapter, a new journey in my life and my career.”
“I’m just so excited to be here and be part of this club. Ajax as a football club speaks for itself.”
“World class players that have played here for many, many years.”
“Once I knew there was an opportunity, I was over-excited and really just overwhelmed that this opportunity was there for me.”
“It was something that I wanted to try and make happen.”
“It’s very humbling for me to be here now, I’m just trying to take it all in really. A special, special day.”
The former Liverpool skipper then went on to allude to his Saudi Arabia move that was a ‘difficult’ period for him:
“I still want to perform at a high level on the pitch and that’s the most important thing.”
“I’ve got to come and perform and try and help the team become successful.”
“It’s been a difficult year or so for the club, on and off the field, but that’s the same for me in the past six months.”
“Hopefully we can help each other, come together and help each other go forward and try to be as successful as possible in the near future.”