The midfielder says he’s not getting £700,000 a week in Saudi Arabia.
One of the criticisms levelled at Jordan Henderson for joining Al Ettifaq is that the decision was entirely about money. The former Liverpool captain says it’s not the case.
“That was the hardest thing. People will see this club come with loads of money and he’s just gone, “Yeah, I’m going.” When in reality that just wasn’t the case at all,” Hendo said in an interview with the Athletic.
“People can believe me or not, but in my life and my career, money has never been a motivation. Ever. Don’t get me wrong, when you move, the business deal has to be tight. You have to have financials, you have to feel wanted, you have to feel valued. And money is a part of that.
“But that wasn’t the sole reason. And these possibilities came up before money was even mentioned.”
Henderson was asked about reports that he is earning £700,000 a week in Saudi Arabia.
“No. I wish it was (laughs),” he replied.
“No, honestly, the numbers just aren’t true. But again, it had to work out for us financially as well. I’m not saying that it didn’t and I’m not saying, “Oh, I’m not on good money” because it’s good money and it was a good deal but it wasn’t the numbers that were reported. No.”
The midfielder was then asked on whether he wanted to say that everyone would have taken the money on offer.
“It would be a lot easier for me to say that. But that’s not true,” Henderson replied.
“It’s not the case because money wasn’t mentioned until after the event. I could have stayed at Liverpool and earned a lot of money and if people don’t believe that, then there’s nothing I can do.”