On 18 January 2011 Liverpool accepted a bid for their Dutch forward from Hoffenheim. Although both buying and selling clubs were in agreement, it initially seemed that the player could not agree personal terms with the German club. Six days after accepting the Germans' offer, Kenny Dalglish announced that Babel would be staying at Anfield after all. However, only 24 hours later, Babel returned to Germany and signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Bundesliga club. The fee was reported to be £5.8m so considerably less than what Liverpool paid Ajax for the twenty-year-old in July 2007. Babel featured in almost half a century of Bundesliga games at the mid-table German club before being released in the summer of 2012. On 31 August 2012 Babel signed a one-year-deal with his first club, Ajax.
Babel played in sixteen Eredivisie matches for Ajax in 2012-13, scoring four times.
The forward signed a three -year contract with Turkish side Kasımpaşa in June 2013 and played in 28 first-team matches for the Süper Lig club in 2013/14, scoring five times. The following season he played the same number of games, this time scoring nine goals before moving to the United Arab Emirates to join Al Ain. babel made eight appearances up to December 2015, but then fell out with the club's hierarchy over his social media use and other disciplinary issues. He did not play in the second half of the season and after being released from his contract he joined Deportivo La Coruna on 14th September 2016 on a short term deal.He said it was a dream to play in La Liga and that his lack of a pre season could be overcome due to his experience. Four goals in eleven games proved he was right but he chose not to negotiate an extension and on 2nd January returned to Turkey, agreeing a two year and a half deal with Besiktas, reportedly worth £1.8 million per season.
Babel was an immediate hit in Turkey, scoring five goals as Besiktas claimed the title. He also earned a return to the Dutch squad. 2017-18 was again impressive but in 2018-19 he struggled with injuries in the first half of the season. With his contract nearing an end, he was allowed to leave Besiktas on 15th January 2019, making a return to the Premier League with Fulham on a deal until the end of the season. Following Fulham's relegation he was released and signed a three year deal with Turkish champions Galatasaray.
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submitted by Russell Wall on anfieldred.co.uk on 27 May 2009.
by Ian Doyle, Liverpool Daily Post.
An article from The Times on 8th of October 2007.
An article by Financial Times on 15th of September 2007.
Rafa Benitez believes Liverpool fans are in for a treat when they see Ryan Babel and Yossi Benayoun in a red shirt next season. Published 13 July 2007.
"Henry is an idol for me. I used to watch a lot of him on TV because he plays upfront and I like to look at how he plays and what kind of decisions he makes at key moments. Like me, he started also as a winger before he joined Arsenal and it was unfortunate he left for Spain the year I arrived.
Benitez knows I like to play upfront, though, and hopefully one day he will give me the chance to play there and for me to focus on my favourite position. I'm trying to do the same as Henry by moving from winger to play inside. I try to improve my game so hopefully one day I'll be the same or maybe even better than the level Henry reached. I hope to give the manager another choice upfront and even after training I spend half an hour practising something extra such as my finishing or control to reach that level."
Ryan Babel is hopeful that he will one day emulate Thierry Henry
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