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.
Former Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel has said that he was forced out of Liverpool and it was not Kenny Dalglish’s decision to send him out of the club. The Dutchman has said that the former sporting director of the club Damien Comolli was the reason behind his departure. Shortly after the departure of the Frenchman from Anfield, Ryan Babel said on his Twitter account that he wanted to be a success at Anfield, but was not given time to do so. Ryan Babel was sold to German club Hoffenheim in the summer for around £ 5 million.
It was one of the worst pieces of business for Liverpool, as they had initially brought him to Anfield for £ 11.5 million. Rafa Benitez, the then manager at Liverpool, signed the Dutchman after his impressive performances at the European Championships for the Under 21 players. The Dutchman spent three and half years at the club, but failed to make any major impact. In order to fund the signings of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, Liverpool decided to sell fringe players like Ryan Babel during the summer. Ryan Babel made 91 appearances for Liverpool during his time at Anfield and scored 12 goals in the process.
“So Comoli got fired at LFC, good for L.F.C,” said on his Twitter account shortly after the departure of Damien Comolli from Liverpool. He also said that the Frenchman was the main reason for his departure from Anfield. Liverpool spent more than £ 100 million in the summer, but have been unable to reap the rewards in terms of the league position. There are currently languishing down near the 10th position in the table, which is far away from the Champions League aspirations that the new owners have at Merseyside. Kenny Dalglish’s position, however, appears to be safe for the moment.