Jordan Henderson: Why Midfielder Could Leave Al Ettifaq without Receiving a Penny

Jordan Henderson: Why Midfielder Could Leave Al Ettifaq without Receiving a Penny

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Jordan Henderson is close to joining Ajax from Al Etifaq
  • The England midfielder is reportedly unsettled in Saudi Arabia
  • Reports now claim he could leave the Middle East without getting paid his wages

Jordan Henderson runs the risk of leaving Al-Etifaq without receiving a single penny from the Saudi Arabia club.

Despite signing a £350,000 per week deal with the club six months ago, Henderson, 33, has not been paid since he joined the Saudi giants from Liverpool last summer.

Jordan Henderson has not received any part of his wages since signing for Al Ettifaq
Jordan Henderson has agreed to terminate his contract at Al-Ettifaq by mutual consent. Photo by MB Media.
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According to the Telegraph, the midfielder deferred his wages as a way to avoid the hefty UK tax. If he leaves the club this month, he will forego full payment.

Recent reports suggest the midfielder has agreed to terminate his contract with Al-Ittihad by mutual consent, which opens the door for a potential move back to Europe.

Ajax is his most plausible destination as the Dutch club has shown genuine interest in acquiring his services.

However, no deal has been concluded, but preparations are already being made in anticipation of his arrival in Amsterdam, according to BBC.

The midfielder’s U-turn on Saudi Arabia football is now set to cost him millions since he will not be contracted to Al-Ettifaq. Sources close to the midfielder further divulged that the expectation is that he will not be paid for the six months he spent in the Middle East,

Why does Henderson want to move?

Six months after moving to Saudi Arabia from Liverpool, England, Jordan Henderson’s career has not panned out how he expected.

Sources close to the player say he is yet to adapt to the humid weather, and his family is said to be ‘unhappy’ in the city of Dammam on the Gulf Coast.

TalkSport also alleges that the midfielder has grown overly concerned about his place in Gareth Southgate's England squad ahead of Euro 2024 and believes staying in Saudi Arabia could hurt his chances.

The terms of the contract termination are a bit complicated, but once everything is finalized, Al-Ettifaq is set to free up around £8million.

The former Liverpool man’s sudden U-turn is likely to repel Saudi clubs from signing more English players.

Jurgen Klopp’s comments on Henderson

Sports Brief also reported on Jurgen Klopp’s sentiments on Jordan Henderson which all but confirmed the midfielder’s Liverpool stint is over.

Last year, while addressing Henderson’s exit, Klopp hinted the 33-year-old was not content with being a squad rotation player.

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