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Besiktas attacker Babel: Benitez broke promises at Liverpool. I was alone

Besiktas attacker Ryan Babel has spoken of his frustration over his time at Liverpool.

Even today, the Dutchman admits he still feels let down by then Reds manager Rafa Benitez, now in charge of Newcastle United.

"He promised me certain things at the time so that I could continue to develop well. I thought that would mean the same way as football is played at Ajax, but at a different pace," Babel told the Independent.

"But from the beginning, I already felt an outsider. I stood there alone. No help and that's obviously a big deal for a twenty-year-old."

Babel continued: "I had to grow up quickly and adjust.

"It was indeed a lot of ups and downs, but I also had great experiences there. I learned a lot too. When I looked back I would definitely have taken things differently."

However, Babel is not bitter and says he's now enjoying his time in Turkey.

"The people here are very helpful. The first time I got to know the Turkish competition, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of stadiums, fields and fans. Turkish people are very emotional, have a lot of passion for football. They want to really see that their team does well."

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