On Steven Gerrard’s Request, Al Ettifaq Eye Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr Teammate to Bolster Defense: Reports

Published 12/20/2023, 5:02 AM EST

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In the realm of the Saudi Pro League, soccer’s strategic maneuvers are as thrilling as the action on the pitch. Recent reports have surfaced that Al-Ettifaq, under the managerial helm of Steven Gerrard, is gearing up for a notable defensive reinforcement. However, their focus is squarely on a player from the Cristiano Ronaldo-led Al-Nassr team this time.

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While Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr continues to weave magic on the pitch, Gerard’s Al-Ettifaq grapples with a different reality – one of leaky defenses and winless matches. Let’s delve deeper and unveil this new pursuit of Al-Ettifaq.

Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq aims to acquire Al-Nassr defender

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The focal point of Gerrard’s interest is 30-year-old center-back Abdullah Madu, who plies his trade with Al-Nassr. According to the sources, the Liverpool legend has personally requested Al-Ettifaq’s club management to explore the prospect of bringing Madu. The Saudi Arabian international, despite his proficiency, has found himself on the sidelines under the management of Luis Castro at Al-Nassr. This makes him a potential target for Steven Gerrard’s strategic vision.

The 30-year-old center-back has only made eight appearances across all competitions this season, including one in the league. However, results haven’t lived up to expectations for Gerard’s Al-Ettifaq as well. Despite boasting stars like Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Moussa Dembele, seven games without a win paints a dark picture. Gerrard will be eager to make his mark in the January transfer window to strengthen his squad.

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Steven Gerrard, known for his astute man-management, could rekindle Madu’s spark. The prospect of playing under a Premier League legend, alongside familiar faces like Jordan Henderson and Wijnaldum, might be just the motivation Madu needs. But is Madu the answer to Al-Ettifaq’s woes? Only time will tell how Gerard shapes up his squad.

Abdullah Madu praised Cristiano Ronaldo for his impact on Saudi Arabia

The Al-Nassr defender has previously praised Cristiano Ronaldo for his impact on the Gulf nation. He acknowledged the Portuguese superstar for elevating the standards at Al-Nassr. Madu emphasized how Ronaldo’s presence has instilled a relentless work ethic among the players. “A superstar like Cristiano Ronaldo is inspiring; we must benefit from him as much as possible. He makes us feel that we have not achieved anything, and he has an unnatural passion,” Madu expressed in an interview with Arab channel SSC.

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For Steven Gerrard, Madu’s acquisition is a strategic move influenced by both the player’s skill set and the winning mentality instilled by Ronaldo. The soccer community will be eagerly waiting for the next move in this saga. The anticipation is palpable as the transfer drama unfolds in Saudi Arabia.

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Sahil Sharma

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I am Sahil Sharma, a dedicated soccer writer with a profound commitment to the beautiful game. My journey as a soccer enthusiast dates back to my childhood, but it was in 2014, when Real Madrid clinched their historic 10th UEFA Champions League title, the famed La Decima, that my passion for the sport truly ignited. That momentous triumph transformed me into an ardent Madridista.
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