Former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has officially left Al-Ettifaq with the club releasing a statement about terminating his contract.
The midfielder asked to leave Liverpool last summer after captaining the club throughout Jurgen Klopp’s tenure and he got his wish as he was sold after 12 years at the club.
Henderson went to Saudi Arabia to join up with his former teammate Steven Gerrard who was appointed as the manager of Al-Ettifaq and he also joined up with Gini Wijnaldum.
However, after just halfway through the campaign, the former Sunderland man wanted to move back to a European side after being disappointed with several things whilst being in the Middle East.
He had been linked to several clubs over the last couple of weeks but he has now completed his move to Ajax for free so he has made his way back into European football.
Al-Ettifaq make an official statement on Jordan Henderson
The Saudi Arabian club have made an official statement on the departure of the England international after they were so pleased to have signed him in the summer.
The club President Samer Al Misehal said; “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.
He continued: “There is a lot still to play for. But this is a very tough league and the team performances required and expected by the club in the second half of the season under coach Steven Gerrard demand complete unity and commitment from all players and staff, and we look forward to regaining new momentum from this point forwardthrough our winter training camp.”
On the same announcement Henderson also said: “I’d like to thank the club, the fans and all involved for the opportunity and wish them the best for the remainder of the season. A lot of hard work is going in which I know will pay off in the future.”
Al-Ettifaq have not won a game since October yet they handed Steven Gerrard a new contract to carry on working at the club.
The club sit in eighth place in the Saudi Pro League and are 15 points off the top three which mean they could qualify for the AFC Cup.
They are currently closer to the relegation zone then those high places in the division but Gerrard has been backed and he will be given more funds to spend in future windows.
His new deal was a two year extension so he clearly sees a long-term future in the Middle East unlike Henderson who is now going to be playing in a European country which is not England for the first time in his career.