Jordan Henderson has reached an agreement with Saudi Pro League club Al-Ettifaq to terminate his three-year contract, according to David Ornstein.
Henderson and Al-Ettifaq are finalising the contract termination, allowing him to leave for free just six months after he signed for them.
Henderson struggled under Steven Gerrard at Al-Ettifaq, making 17 appearances and providing four assists.
He is now keen on a return to Europe after failing the Saudi Arabian challenge and is desperate to make amends at Ajax.
Intriguingly, the 33-year-old could be using Ajax as a springboard back to the Premier League.
Henderson’s departure from Saudi Arabia follows a wave of high-profile transfers to the Middle East. It was driven by the Saudi Arabian Ministry for Sport as they sought to elevate the profile of their league.
The midfielder defended his move by claiming he was looking for a new challenge, but will now return to European football with his tail between his legs.
Ajax have a famous reputation for developing and selling young talent, but their struggles this season warrant experience and leadership. The former Liverpool captain possesses those qualities in abundance.
The Eredivisie giants are currently fifth in the standings after a turbulent season marked by the exit of coach Maurice Steijn.
Interim head coach John van ‘t Schip has led Ajax’s resurgence, and they will be desperate to garner more points as they aim for at least second place.
This move is more than a return to European football for Henderson. It is a chance for him to contribute to Ajax’s resurgence and perhaps position himself for a Premier League return.
He wants to compete at the highest level again, and this Ajax move could be a calculated stepping stone.
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