Ajax have said that their midfielder Ryan Babel is not expected to be back into the first-team action before New Year at least after suffering an injury. The former Liverpool forward suffered a shoulder injury while playing against Zwolle in the Eredivisie. The 4-2 victory for Ajax in this match was quickly forgotten following this serious injury to one of the important players of the team. This shoulder injury has ruled out Ryan Babel of the first team action at least until New Year according to the manager. The 25-year-old has been at his former club this summer after sealing a move from the German club Hoffenheim after failing to settle at his previous clubs.
Ryan Babel has many years to forget in his career after he has stagnated since moving to Liverpool as a 20-year-old. Since then, he has signed for the German club Hoffenheim. Even though his first season with the German club was good, the club has decided to part ways with the midfielder. Since his return to Ajax, he has been one of the important players for the team and will be a major miss in the upcoming matches. Meanwhile, the manager Frank de Boer has suggested that he will be making a few additions to the team through the January transfer window.
“Good players are always welcome. But you have to be careful, you might think that you need a certain player without realising you have cover. Suppose we move for a striker in the winter, and then Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Ryan Babel both return to fitness, then we have Danny Hoesen, Siem de Jong and Christian Eriksen. We also have to remember the youth players who jump at the chance to make the step up. That is the power of Ajax,” said Frank de Boer.
The former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has said that he feels that the team should be giving all their quality and performance when they take on Manchester city if they are to get anything from this match and progress to the next round of the Champions League. Ajax will be taking on Manchester city at home knowing that they certainly need to win this match in order to have any chance of progression to the next round after having especially lost heavily to Real Madrid in the earlier group matches. The former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel was signed by the club in the summer on a free transfer.
He is hoping to make a big impression in this match and has called for total commitment from the other players in order to get a result against Manchester city. Ajax are yet to win a point in the group matches this season, while they can overtake Manchester city with a victory tonight. The Premier league champions have made an indifferent start to the new season by conceding a lot of goals. Their weaknesses have been exposed a lot in the matches against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Babel is hoping to take advantage of the same when the two sides met each other.
“We have to play like men against City. The last match, against Heracles, we gave it away and that shouldn’t happen anymore. City is an opponent who benefits when we lose the ball, so we have to play really direct. If we stand still, it will be easy for them to defend us and that’s of course the last thing we want to do. Since my time they have made big steps forward and bought some very good players, they made good progress the last few years,” said Babel.
The former Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel has decided to join his former club Ajax after being released by the German club Hoffenheim on mutual consent. The 25-year-old Ryan Babel was once regarded as one of the best young talent in the world. He moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2007 for around £ 10 million, but endured a disappointing spell at the Merseyside club. After spending a few seasons at Anfield without a lot of first-team opportunities, Ryan Babel was finally sold to the German club Hoffenheim in 2011. However, he spent only one season with the German club before agreeing a mutual release of his contract.
Now, he has returned to Ajax on the transfer deadline day. He started his career with Ajax as a youth player and he hopes that joining the Dutch club will facilitate his revival. He has now signed a one-year contract with Ajax, and he hopes that he can sufficiently impress the club in this 12 months to earn a longer term deal. Ryan Babel fell out with the coach at Hoffenheim over his indifferent performances throughout the campaign. The Ajax manager recently said that he is extremely happy to have a player like Ryan Babel in the team.
“Some people will see my one-year deal with Ajax as a step back after spells with Liverpool and Hoffenheim, but that’s not how I see it. This is a step in the right direction again for me after a very difficult period. This is my chance to get my career back on track, and I’m determined to grab that chance,” Babel told De Telegraaf. Ajax have made a good start to the new season, but are already four points behind the leaders FC Twente. This is despite the fact that they are undefeated so far.
The agent of Ryan Babel, Winny Haatrecht, has confirmed that Fiorentina has shown interest in the Dutch striker and Babel might sign for the Italian Club. Babel is currently the player of Hoffenheim. But, Markus Babbel, the manager of Hoffenheim, has put him on sale this summer. According to the reports, Babbel was not happy with the performance of the Dutch striker in the last season. So, he decided to release Babel.
However, according to Haatrecht, the decision to release Babel has nothing to do with the striker’s performance in the last season. He has been put on sale due to some complications in his contract. On being asked about that, Markus Babbel said that the allegations of Haatrecht are completely baseless. Babel has been released because he wasn’t able to stand up to the expectations of the club in the last season. Babel had been told a number of times that the club wanted him to show more enthusiasm on the field, but, he never tried to take his performance to the next level. If a player is not giving his 100% for the team, there is no point keeping him in the squad.
Meanwhile, Alberto Aquilani, who was the Liverpool team mate of Babel, has said that Babel is a very good player and he could be a fantastic buy for Fiorentina. Aquilani himself has signed for Fiorentina this summer. As per Aquilani, he played a lot of football with Babel. Babel is a versatile player and he creates a lot of goal opportunities on the field. On being asked about his targets in the upcoming season, Aquilani said that he is looking forward to playing for the new club. Fiorentina has a good bunch of players and the team is pretty strong. So, it would not be easy for him to find a place in the first team.
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.