Babel reveals Rafa factor

13 July 2007 08:21
New signing Ryan Babel was persuaded to move to Liverpool from Ajax after being impressed by Reds manager Rafael Benitez. The Netherlands international forward will put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Anfield on Friday after the two clubs agreed an £11.5million fee. Babel could form a new-look strikeforce with £26.5million summer arrival Fernando Torres this season - or operate from his more regular wide left role - and is relishing the opportunity to work with Benitez. "I listened to what they had to say and I got a great feeling about the club," he told Ajax TV. "I have made a choice with my heart. The coach has big plans for me." However, Babel revealed he was leaving Amsterdam with a heavy heart after three-and-a-half years in the Ajax first team. "I am now only at Ajax to say goodbye to everyone and I must say that's quite difficult," he continued. "I think I will miss the fans, the ones that have always supported me, the guys of course and the coach. "I certainly leave Ajax with pain in my heart. I will come to Amsterdam quite often and then I will come to visit the club."

Source: ESA