"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."