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Babel: Ajax not a step back

The Netherlands international is desperate to relaunch his career at his boyhood club after struggling with his form in the past 18 months

Ryan Babel believes that Ajax are the perfect club for him to get his career back on track after a disappointing spell with Hoffenheim.

The attacker reached an agreement over the termination of his contract with the Bundesliga side on Thursday, and will sign a one-year deal with Ajax upon completion of his medical as he returns to his native country.

"Some people will see my one-year deal with Ajax as a step back after spells with Liverpool and Hoffenheim, but that's not how I see it," Babel was quoted as saying by De Telegraaf.

"This is a step in the right direction again for me after a very difficult period. This is my chance to get my career back on track, and I'm determined to grab that chance."

The 25-year-old Babel came through the ranks of the Ajax youth academy, but left the Amsterdam giants for Liverpool in the summer of 2007.