Babel eyes Ajax return after he tells Benitez: I want to be a loan
03 September 2009 07:38
Liverpool winger Ryan Babel wants a loan move in January to protect his World Cup
ambitions unless manager Rafael Benitez hands him more first-team opportunities.
Take me back: Ryan Babel is eyeing a return to Ajax
Babel, 22, admits he would consider joining his old club Ajax if it improves his hopes of inclusion in Holland’s squad for South Africa.
Babel, who has been dropped since playing in Liverpool’s defeat by Tottenham, said: ‘There have been a lot of things promised, but they haven’t been followed up.
'Now we have agreed to review the situation in January.
'I think half a season at Ajax with a view to the World Cup wouldn’t be a bad idea.’
Xabi Alonso has confirmed that he made up his mind to leave Liverpool after Benitez tried to sell him to Juventus last summer to finance a move for Gareth Barry.
The 27-year-old Spain international spent five seasons with the Reds before joining the La Liga giants in a mega-bucks deal this summer.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez tried to sell the midfielder a year ago to raise cash for prospective signings, in particular Gareth Barry.
At the time the former Real Sociedad midfielder had struggled for form, making just 16 Premier League starts in 2007-08, but an outstanding campaign last season saw Real lodge their interest.
Despite handing in a transfer request in July, Alonso admits that he had decided to leave the club after they had tried to sell him against his wishes a year earlier.
Alonso (right) trains with Spain team-mate Carlos Lopez Marchena near Madrid
National service: Alonso (right) trains with Spain team-mate Carlos Lopez Marchena near Madrid
'It was a very difficult decision for me to make,' he told Sky Sports News. 'After five years I have experienced wonderful nights at Anfield, to have experienced the support of probably the best fans in the world.
'That's why I have always been very grateful and I will always have them in my mind and it has been a pleasure. Last summer the club [told] me that I might have to be sold to find funds for new players. It was a difficult decision or difficult moment to accept that. I accepted that as a professional and that moment probably changed my mind.'
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Alonso has since admitted that his relationship with his former boss Benítez deteriorated when he demanded to leave, but that it remained a professional one.
'There has been a lot of rumours but I have always said that it has been simply a professional relationship,' he added. 'I have always tried to do what he asked [me] to do. What he asked of me on the pitch, to do the talking on the pitch, and that's that.'
Meanwhile, Liverpool assistant manager Sammy Lee has been warned about his future conduct by the Football Association's Regulatory Commission.
Lee admitted improper conduct after being charged over his conduct towards fourth official Stuart Attwell during the club's defeat to Tottenham on the opening day of the season.
Lee protested with Atwell after two penalty appeals were rejected in a tense finale and was sent to the stands by referee Phil Dowd.
The commission opted against a stiffer penalty having taken into account the former Bolton boss' 'exemplary' disciplinary record.