Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has announced his exit from Deportivo La Coruna by saying that he wants to spend more time with his family.
The Dutchman has become somewhat of a journeyman since leaving Liverpool a few years ago. He played for the likes of 1899 Hoffenheim, Ajax,Kasımpaşa, and Al Ain. His failure to establish himself at a single major club has been the biggest problem in his career. At 30 years of age, he is fast running out of time when it comes to the top level of the game. He was once seen as one of the promising youngsters and it prompted Liverpool to pay £ 9 million for his signature in 2007.
The exit from Deportivo La Coruna is not surprising considering that he has been linked with Turkish outfit Besiktas in the last few weeks. It has been reported that Besiktas were ready to pay the player around € 1.7 million for a contract that will last around 2 ½ years.
It is an incredible sum of money which is out of the reach of Deportivo La Coruna, who are under a lot of financial stress. Yet, Babel has not claimed the interest from Besiktas as a reason for leaving the Spanish outfit. The move to the Turkish outfit is expected to be confirmed in the next few weeks.
“I have to talk to my agents, but would probably leave for family circumstances.I will take one of the offers that I have. I have not been able to be with my family in these three months and if I continued until June I would be more distant from them.I have had pressure on their part,” said Babel. Since this will be his second spell in Turkish football, the 30-year-old is expected to be a key player for the second place outfit in the league.