BABEL LINKED TO VIOLA
The former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel could soon be playing for the Italian club Fiorentina after his agent revealed that he has completed negotiations with the Italian club. It is expected that the free transfer from the Bundesliga club Hoffenheim should be a mere formality because the Hoffenheim has already revealed that he is ready to let the Dutch winger leave the club. Ryan Babel was a £ 7 million signing from Liverpool a few seasons ago, but he has not impressed in his first season with the German club. After making 46 appearances in the season, he managed to score just five goals.
There has been rumours that Hoffenheim are looking to sell the player because if he plays another five matches for the club, then he will be eligible for a contract extension that will see his wages increased double fold. However, the Hoffenheim manager ruled out this aspect of the transfer by saying that he is prepared to sell the player only because he has not been good enough for the club. Hence, he will not be able to guarantee him regular first team football in the coming season. It was not long ago that Ryan Babel was regarded as one of the next big things from Dutch football.
“My decision is down to sporting issues only. I don’t care about what a player earns. The contracts are signed. When someone is better than the other it is his time to play. But that is not the case with Ryan,” said the Hoffenheim manager Markus Babbel. “You can’t be more honest with a player. I have told him several times what I expect from him,” said the agent of the player in a recent interview. Ryan Babel has been constantly in trouble with his social media account on Twitter even in Germany.