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Jordan Henderson has apologised to anyone who was ‘offended’ by his summer transfer to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq.

Henderson was widely criticised by the LGBTQ+ community, for whom he was previously a strong advocate, for accepting a reported £350 per-week offer from a country where homosexuality is illegal.

The midfielder lasted just five months in the Gulf state before leaving, joining Ajax earlier this week.

“If anyone was offended or feels as though I upset them, that’s on me, that was my decision and I apologise for that. It was never my intention,” Henderson said.

“I just want to look forward now and concentrate on being the best player I can for Ajax. My beliefs have never changed and never will. Again I can only apologise if people feel let down.”

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