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Babel dismisses Ajax talk

21 Sep 2009 - 14:53:26

Ryan Babel insists he wants to stay at Anfield and fight for his place in Liverpool's first team rather than move to Ajax on loan.

The 22-year-old Netherlands international has flattered to deceive during his time on Merseyside and has often been criticised for a lack of consistency.

Babel had been quoted earlier this month as saying he would be interested in rejoining Ajax in the January transfer window in order to secure regular football ahead of the World Cup finals, but told the Liverpool Echo that simply isn't true.

He insisted: "I didn't say any of those things. I did an interview in Holland and I don't know who in England got hold of it but it was the worst translation I have ever seen.

"The fact is I'm very happy here and I don't want to leave to go anywhere. I just want to concentrate on playing.

"Yes, there is a lot of competition for places at Liverpool but that's the same at every top club. It was like that when I was at Ajax and that isn't a problem for me.

"I heard about what was being reported when I was away with Holland. When I got back to Liverpool I went straight to the manager and told him it wasn't true. He accepted that and there is no problem."


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