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Henderson apologetic for Saudi transfer controversy

Jordan Henderson has reiterated his apology for offence brought on by his transfer to the Saudi Professional League final summer season.

Henderson signed for Al-Ettifaq from Liverpool after an illustrious profession with the Reds, although the switch obtained important backlash given the midfielder’s earlier assist of the LGBTQ+ group and Saudi Arabia’s stance on same-sex relations.

The 33-year-old has determined to go away the Saudi Professional League after six months and this week accomplished a transfer to Dutch facet Ajax.


At his unveiling, the England worldwide was requested whether or not he should ‘construct bridges’ with these angered by his Saudi transfer.

“I mentioned six months in the past that if I offended anyone or individuals felt as if I allow them to down then I apologise for that, and I apologise once more,” Henderson mentioned.

“As I mentioned earlier than, my beliefs have by no means modified and by no means will. I can apologise if individuals really feel let down. I haven’t modified as an individual and by no means have. I wish to proceed to give attention to my soccer and provides every thing I can for this nice soccer membership.

“In life, if you wish to name them regrets or errors you possibly can name them that. On the similar time they’re solely errors for those who don’t study from them. I realized numerous issues in Saudi. There have been numerous totally different experiences. I haven’t bought a nasty phrase to say about anyone over there within the the league, within the membership, the individuals. They tried to make me really feel as comfy doable, and my household

“I’ve buddies over there that I’ll communicate to eternally. So there’s nonetheless positives to come back out of it. In the long run it didn’t prove the way in which we each needed it to however we ended on nice phrases. We shake fingers and transfer ahead.”

Henderson opened up on his choice to signal for Ajax and mentioned he’s wanting ahead to representing ‘the most important membership in Holland’. Ajax have endured a disappointing marketing campaign to this point, however have improved to climb to fifth within the Eredivisie.

“It’s one of many greatest golf equipment on this planet. The most important membership in Holland. I felt as if it was an excellent alternative for me personally to come back to an enormous membership and attempt to assist this membership go ahead and be as profitable as doable.”

“I really feel there was video games the place they perhaps haven’t performed so properly, particularly at the beginning of the season however I really feel as if issues have modified they usually have bounced again somewhat bit to get again up the league,” Henderson added on Ajax’s struggles this season.

“There’s numerous younger gifted gamers I can see. I really feel a part of my position is to assist the group with my expertise and information these gamers to make the step. In fact I have to do my job on the pitch and carry out to the degrees I’m able to.”

Learn – Klopp opens up on Jordan Henderson exit and Ajax transfer

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