Steven Gerrard 'withdraws' from Jota transfer race as bids for Celtic hero 'welcomed' by Al-Ittihad

Jota in action for Ittihad
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Steven Gerrard has reportedly given up on an attempt to bring out of favour Jota to Al-Ettifaq.

The former Rangers boss was linked with interest in the Portuguese who has been stuck on the fringes at Al-Ittihad since leaving Celtic in a £25million deal last summer. According to reports in Saudi, Ittihad chiefs are "welcoming" bids for the playmaker and there have even been claims in their media that Brendan Rodgers could swoop to take him back to Scotland.

Gerrard's side in the SPL are also alleged admirers in the attacker and had considered making a move for the outcast who was not named in the foreign players list last season.

But now there have been more claims that Gerrard's club have "withdrawn" their interest and that leaves Ittihad waiting on other suitors to take the player off their hands.

Jota, 25, was a standout during his two seasons in Glasgow where he managed 83 appearances and chipped in with an excellent haul of 28 goals and 23 assists under Ange Postecoglou.