Jordan Henderson finally breaks silence on controversial Saudi transfer: It's not about money
Jordan Henderson has addressed backlash over his controversial move to Saudi Arabia but insists the decision was not fuelled by money.
The former Liverpool captain joined Al-Ettifaq earlier this summer, bringing to an end his long and successful stint at Anfield. The move was a shock to many given Hendersons crucial role on Merseyside over the last few seasons.
Henderson, who had been an ally of the LGBTQ+ community during his time with Liverpool, faced a huge backlash given the fact homosexuality remains illegal in Saudi Arabia.
Many accused Henderson of being part of a sportswashing programme in the Gulf State with some reports suggesting that the midfielder had put pen to paper on a contract worth 700k-per-week.
Henderson admits he did have second thoughts about the switch before ultimately deciding to go ahead and make the move. He told The Athletic: "Im not just saying this for people to think, 'Oh yeah' Im just trying to give you some insight into what it was like. I spoke to so many different people that I trust, who know me, who will challenge me.