Ryan Babel has finished his transfer from Besiktas to Fulham on Tuesday. The Dutch National Team signs a contract until the end of the season with the Premier League club.
The transition from the 32-year-old Babel from Turkey to England was already in the air, although it was expected that he would make the switch on a rental basis. That is not the case.
"I am confident that Fulham will continue, which is one of the reasons I am here, and I want to do my part", says Babel about his new club, which is in the Premier League in penultimate.
Besiktas had liked to keep Babel, whose contract ended after this season, in Istanbul. Both parties talked about contract extension, but did not come out.
For the attacker it will be the second time he will play in the Premier League. Babel played for Liverpool from 2007 to 2011, which took him from Ajax. He then played for Hoffenheim, again Ajax, Al Ain, Deportivo La Coruña and thus Besiktas.
Ryan Babel as Liverpool player in December 2010. (Photo: ANP)
'We can use his experience well'
"Ryan has shown his best side at both his club and the Dutch national team, and we can use his experience very well in the second half of the season," said Vice President Tony Khan of Fulham.
"Nine more important home games are starting, starting Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur, Ryan has scored fifteen times last season and has been met by our manager, we are convinced that this will work out well for everyone."
Fulham from manager Claudio Ranieri took only fourteen points in the first 22 games of the season, leaving only Huddersfield Town. The home game with number three Tottenham starts at 17:00 on Sunday.
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