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Babel in no rush to leave

11 Jun 2009 - 16:29:22

Ryan Babel's agent insists the Netherlands international sees his long-term future as being with Liverpool.

The 22-year-old has struggled for consistency since moving to Anfield from Ajax two years ago and spent most of last season on the substitute's bench.

Reports had suggested that Reds boss Rafa Benitez would be willing to let Babel leave the club this summer, but the player's agent, Winnie Haatrecht, told the Liverpool Echo: "Ryan is very happy at Liverpool and clearly doesn't want to leave. He still has a three-year contract."

Benitez though remains lukewarm in his praise for the winger, saying recently: "Ryan has done well as an impact player, which is not easy when you are young, but we think he can do more than that.

"Our view of Ryan is that he is a player who can start games and have an impact from the beginning. But first of all he has to improve tactically.

"Hopefully Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard will play together more next season - and we also have good young players like David Ngog, Nabil El Zhar, Ryan Babel and Emiliano Insua coming through.

"We have a very good squad but we can still improve a little bit. How much - enough to win the title? I'm sure it will be enough to compete."


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