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Gerrard surprisingly close to contract extension amid team struggles

Amid team struggles and Henderson leaving, Steven Gerrard reportedly extends Al-Ettifaq contract by two years, defying the odds.

The Athletic reports that the former England international has agreed to extend his contract, tying him to the Saudi Pro League club until 2027. Despite the team’s poor form, the board is supporting Gerrard and has committed to bringing in new signings to reverse their fortunes in the SPL.

After leaving Aston Villa in October 2022, Gerrard joined Al-Ettifaq in July 2023. Since his arrival, the team has faced challenges in maintaining consistency, enduring an eight-match winless streak. Currently positioned in eighth place with only 25 points from 19 matches, the Dammam-based outfit has struggled.

Gerrard’s side is currently in the eight place of Saudi Pro League

Additionally, the upcoming departure of Henderson from the club will further deplete the midfield. Nevertheless, with the SPL on a break due to the ongoing AFC Asian Cup, Gerrard has the opportunity to use the time to find a suitable replacement for the veteran .

Prior to his coaching role at Aston Villa, Gerrard enjoyed a successful three-year tenure with Rangers, leading them to the Scottish Premiership title in the 2020-21 season. However, reports suggest that Gerrard initially had reservations about accepting the position in Saudi Arabia before ultimately adopting the offer.

Henderson is rumored to have already traveled to Amsterdam for his Ajax medical as part of an imminent move. Meanwhile, Gerrard remains in Dammam, crafting a blueprint to orchestrate a turnaround when the team resumes action on February 15 against Al-Khaleej in the SPL.

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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