Hoffenheim's decision to let Babel leave is purely contractual, claims player's agent

The forward struggled to make the expected impact at the Bundesliga club but his representative has insisted that it is off-field issues that will lead to his departure
Ryan Babel's imminent departure from Hoffenheim has been decided solely due to the Dutchman's contract, according to the player's agent.

Coach Markus Babbel has admitted that the 25-year-old and compatriot Edson Braafheid would be allowed to leave the Rhein Neckar Arena and criticized the former Liverpool man for his lackluster performances since joining in January 2011.

But Babel's agent, Winnie Haatrecht, was insistent that Hoffenheim's reasoning for allowing the Dutchman to depart and leaving him out of their training camp was purely due to contractual issues.

"In last season's winter transfer window, we made some contract agreements with Hoffenheim. Ryan's wages would be doubled if he plays at least four games next season," Haatrecht told De Telegraaf.

"Apparently, Hoffenheim goes very far to offload a player who still has one year on his current contract.

"Today, Ryan will train with the reserve team. He has to wait. It won't be easy to get a transfer, because Hoffenheim doesn't want a loan period for him.

"They want 6.5m euros for him. Hoffenheim paid Liverpool 6.9 million euros plus a few bonuses, so how realistic is it to ask 6.5m euros for a player with a one-year contract?"

Haatrecht went on to lend his support to client, claiming a lack of coaching stability as the reasoning behind the player's perceived poor displays.

"Ryan also had a good period at Hoffenheim. He scored a few goals and came back into the picture for a place in the Dutch national team.

"Of course, his transfer from Liverpool to Germany didn't work out how he expected it. But it's not easy when you have to work with three different trainers in less than one year."

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