Ryan Babel’s agent has said that his client has decided to leave German club Hoffenheim due to the contract situation and no other reason. The 25-year-old has left the German club after just one season with immediate effect. His departure comes as no surprise, but the manner of the departure has been surprising to many. Only a few days ago on the German club revealed that they want at least € 7 million for the winger, who was signed from Liverpool in the last summer transfer window. Only recently, the manager Markus Babbel criticised the winger for his poor performances since joining the club in 2011.
However, the agent of the former Liverpool player has said that his client has left the club only due to the contractual situation. Winnie Haatrecht, who is the agent of the former Liverpool player, has said that there was a clause in the contract of the player that his wages could be doubled if he played certain matches this season. Due to the fact that Hoffenheim were aware of the situation that they would not be able to meet the demands now, they decided to break up the contract and let the player leave on a free transfer.
He also criticised the transfer fee demanded by the club for the release of Ryan Babel. “Apparently, Hoffenheim goes very far to offload a player who still has one year on his current contract. Today, Ryan will train with the reserve team. He has to wait. It won’t be easy to get a transfer, because Hoffenheim doesn’t want a loan period for him. They want €6.5m for him. Hoffenheim paid Liverpool €6.9 million plus a few bonuses, so how realistic is it to ask €6.5m for a player with a one-year contract?” said the agent.
Ryan Babel was recently dragged into the limelight following a controversy from one of his team mates. Tom Starke, a fellow Hoffenheim player made a statement saying that the team was losing because they aren’t being able to score, and that a large portion of the blame should fall on to Ryan Babel.
According to Starke, Ryan is not showing a positive attitude on the field – in spite of Babel having been the highest scorer for the team so far this season!
Babel replied by saying that a single player himself is not responsible for a win or loss, it’s always the team that wins or loses as a whole and that’s where the team spirit comes in.
The controversy could have taken another turn when Starke was told of Babel’s reaction, but thankfully the german was more diplomatic the second time round, even if he did make the same point. He firstly admitted that the team desperately needs Ryan Babel as he has been the best throughout the season, but went on to say that, in times like these, when they aren’t winning matches, people look to Babel for moral support. When they see Babel looking down and negative in his performances, the team eventually suffers as a whole as all the other players look up to him.
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Ryan Babel is one of the stars at German club Hoffenheim. He is all set to be joined by another person with the name Babel. Markus Babbel will be joining German club Hoffenheim after having just been sacked by Hertha Berlin. After a poor run of results, Markus Babbel was sacked by Hertha Berlin just a few months ago. However, his arrival at Hoffenheim will be marked with much fanfare because of the fact that the German team are themselves struggling in the 10th position. Qualifying for the European places looks extremely tough at the moment. Part of the reason is the poor form of Ryan Babel.
Ryan Babel arrived from Liverpool a few seasons ago. He initially started his career with Hoffenheim with a bang, but his form has dipped of late. Hoffenheim got the best out of Ryan Babel in the first few matches of his Hoffenheim career. He scored five goals in the first seven matches, but since then his form has been so poor that he has not scored in 19 matches. Following the arrival of the new manager, it is thought that the club will be able to see the best of Ryan Babel once again. Without the good form of the Dutchman, Hoffenheim have not won their last five matches.
“I don’t fear that Hoffenheim’s poor results will cost me my place in the Dutch squad. That shouldn’t be a problem as long as I deliver the goods, and I have plenty of confidence,” Ryan Babel said after the arrival of the new manager. “I shall try to get the team back on the rails – I wouldn’t have accepted the job if I had not been convinced about it. One has to stress the team has its strong points,” manager Markus Babbel said after signing for his new club.
Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel was regarded as one of the hottest properties in world football when he moved to Liverpool for around £12 million. He had just excelled at the under 20 level World Cup, and many people thought that he would become the next Cristiano Ronaldo, only at Manchester United’s fierce rivals Liverpool. However, this proved to be little more than a hype, with Ryan Babel failing to deliver spectacularly. After failing to impress in the few matches he did get on for, the then Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez did not trust him completely, which meant that Babel found himself more on the bench more often than not. In the end, he decided to end his Liverpool career this summer by moving to German club Hoffenheim for around half of the initial terms of value that Liverpool paid for him.
During his Liverpool career, one of the most important incidents that led him to becoming a marginal player was the famous Twitter issue. Ryan Babel criticised his manager for not picking him for the team on Twitter, which quickly became a national issue, and was all over the tabloids. Babel was fined a hefty amount and it proved to be the final straw for his Liverpool career.
Now, however, he has revealed the actual incident that took place behind the scenes, and admitted he regrets the tweets. “The first mistake I made was when I had just joined Liverpool. I hadn’t been chosen for the squad, even though we were having issues with all the other strikers. Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun were all out injured when we were due to play Stoke away. For some reason I was left out of the first-team squad altogether. It didn’t make sense to me, so I tweeted on twitter “Left out. Do you guys understand that?!”
“Sky Sports immediately misinterpreted the story and said that I had criticised the manager. I regret that moment now.”