Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel denies his decision to freeze out Ryan Babel has been influenced by a clause in his contract.

De Telegraaf says a clause in Babel's deal means his wages will double if he plays four more games this coming season.

However, Babbel says the claims are nonsense: "My decision is made based on purely sporting reasons."

Babel's situation has attracted interest from Fulham and West Bromwich Albion.