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Saudi Pro League chief Allazeez: Everyone tried to make Henderson deal work

Saudi Pro League chief Saad Allazeez admits that Jordan Henderon's exit from the league is a pity.

The England international signed for Al-Ettifaq in the summer from Liverpool on a big money deal.

However, he has quit the Pro League club for Ajax less than six months after arriving, nullifying his three-year deal.

"This is all just part of football, all across the world and life, across all careers," Allazeez said.

"Sometimes despite best efforts people don't always adjust or settle and that can impact performances and lead to frustrations for all. Jordan is a good guy and it's a shame that things didn't work out for him, but he'd be the first to admit that full support was given to him and respect shown.

"So everyone tried and no one is to blame. I'm pleased the club acted fast as they have to protect their own interests as well as the player and this instance, this is all for the best. Since their financial conditions for canceling the contract were agreed, they can now make full use of the winter break and transfer window to reset and go again.

"And as a league, we have the strength and depth to move forward. In fact, despite it being early days under our new strategy we have never been in a stronger position. So far in only five months, we've had more goals so become more entertaining, with more fans attending matches and watching in over 160 countries worldwide.

"We've become a younger league, more international and more attractive with commercial revenue up over 650% and new global partners. So, everything is trending in the right direction.

"Looking ahead we are very positive and expect more good players to come in. But, of course, some will move on too. That comes with being a top league, especially when you consider squads are capped.

"So, we'd expect the flow of talent to go both ways. But overall, we are very happy at the progress and growth in just half a season. Firm foundations have been laid for future strength."

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