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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.