Henderson’s Surprise Move
Former Liverpool Captain made a surprise move last Summer to Saudi club Al-Ettifaq on big tax free money ending his 12 year spell at Liverpool. But this has not lasted long as he is now about to sign for AJAX. The England midfielder is reported (BBC Sport et al) terminating his contract with Saudi club Al-Ettifaq managed by former Liverpool captain and Legend Steven Gerrard.
Although preparations for his arrival in Amsterdam are underway, the deal is yet to be finalised. Henderson, 33, had signed a three-year contract with Al-Ettifaq in July, reportedly worth £700,000 per week, after leaving Liverpool. However, recent reports suggest he is discontent and desires a return to Europe. Henderson’s move to Saudi Arabia, criticized due to the country’s stance on same-sex activity, faced backlash, but he expressed his intention to support causes and communities.
The Saudi Pro League clubs witnessed a significant spending spree last summer, with Henderson set to be the first major departure. The financial implications for the Saudis are deemed positive, respecting Henderson’s unsettled situation.
Where will Al-Etiffaq look to next?
According to the Daily Express Al-Etiffaq have freed up £8million following Henderson’s departure and may look to Roberto Firmino who are said to be interested in a move to Saudi Arabia. But more Liverpool players could be on their radar to include players such Thiago and Matip in the summer
Where are Ajax in their League?
Ajax, currently fifth in the Eredivisie, represents a potential new chapter for Henderson. The Dutch club has struggled this season but has seen improvement in recent months. It is reported that former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam views the move as a footballing decision, potentially driven by Henderson’s ambition to rejoin the England squad for the Euros. Henderson’s medical at Ajax is scheduled for Thursday, indicating a swift conclusion to the deal. While some expressed surprise at his early departure from Al-Ettifaq, understanding that the Saudi Pro League doesn’t want to hold players against their will has softened perceptions. Ajax’s offer includes an 18-month contract, with talks ongoing, and Henderson is expected to earn over £100,000 per week with bonuses. The move stems from Henderson’s inability to settle in Saudi Arabia with his family, prompting a change in Al-Ettifaq’s stance after face-to-face talks.
Will Henderson lose all his tax free wages and bonuses?
I have been informed (but this is not confirmed) that due to him leaving the Saudi club so soon, he will lose his tax free status. It is reported in the Telegraph informs its readers that Henderson has not been paid to date under his contract with the Saudi Club which apparently is due to save on UK tax. But now having forced his move it is mooted he may not get a penny for his services, perhaps why he is said to be a ‘free agent’ when he moves to Ajax.