Jordan Henderson opens up on Saudi Arabia move, admits he joined Al-Ettifaq for money

Jordan Henderson speaks on Al-Ettifaq transfer move | Credit: Imago

Jordan Henderson opens up on Saudi Arabia move, admits he joined Al-Ettifaq for money

Stephen Oladehinde 13:39 - 18.10.2023

Jordan Henderson has acknowledged that switching to Al-Ettifaq amid controversy was partly motivated by money.

The ex-Liverpool star has found it difficult with the England fans since he made his transfer move to Saudi Arabia.

The midfielder has been booed by England fans in their recent international games and has said he does not understand the reason for the boos.

He has now spoken about why he made the move to Saudi Arabia, pinpointing money as his motivation for the move.

England midfielder Jordan Henderson || Credit: Imago
England midfielder Jordan Henderson || Credit: Imago

Henderson speaks on Saudi Arabia's move

Jordan Henderson has revealed one of the reasons he made the move to Al-Ettifaq during a recent interview.

He claims there has been uncertainty about the reasons behind his £700,000-a-week switch, despite earlier appearing to deny that he had done so in order to get a big payday.

Before England defeated Italy 3-1, the midfielder spoke to Channel 4 as reported by the Sun, “I did an interview a couple of months ago and maybe some of the stuff that came out didn’t come out in the way that I thought I said it.

“An example of that would be when I said I didn’t go out there solely for the money. I think that’s a big difference – it’s not a sole reason going out there for the money.” 

Meanwhile, After joining the Saudi Pro League during the summer, Henderson, a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, claims he has not felt any pressure to alter his opinions.

Henderson continued, “I think having someone like myself, with the values that I have, in Saudi Arabia is only a good thing. 

"Before I went to Saudi, people knew the groups I supported and helped in the past. My values haven’t changed as a person just because I’m going to a different country to play football. 

"Not once since I've been there have they said I can't do this or I can't say that."

Henderson has "no regrets" over his July transfer, which saw him earn more than the captain of the Three Lions Harry Kane.