Babel keen on Betis move
Ryan Babel’s agent believes the Ajax winger would be interested in a summer move to Real Betis.
Former Liverpool and Hoffenheim man Babel, 26, returned to Amsterdam from the Bundesliga last summer, and has scored five goals in 19 appearances since then.
However, the opportunity to play in La Liga and possibly in the Europa League with Betis would be one Babel would be forced to consider, according to his representative Winny Haatrecht.
“Of course he would like to play there,” Haatrecht told Estadio Deportivo. “Betis is a good team, which plays in a very attractive championship and is having a very good season which could bring them into Europe. But there have been no talks.”
Babel’s contribution at the Amsterdam Arena has been hampered by a knee injury this season, although he did start four of the club’s six Champions League group games last autumn, and will still pick up an Eredivisie medal.
Such performances had brought interest from several other European clubs, Haatrecht suggested.
“There are teams in other leagues than the Spanish or Dutch which have asked about him,” he said.
Betis may be in the market for a winger this summer, with Joel Campbell (from Arsenal), Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey) and Juan Carlos (Braga) all due to return to their parent clubs in June.
Reports in Andalucia have suggested that Campbell’s deal could be extended for another 12 months, while Juan Carlos has recently been linked with a move to Premier League club Everton, and verdiblanco coach Pepe Mel said last weekend that Pabon would play in Mexico next season.