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Departing Fulham striker Ryan Babel: No-one likes me

Departing Fulham striker Ryan Babel has declared "no-one likes me".

The 32-year-old is likely to start for the Netherlands in Sunday's Nations League Final against Portugal.

And he told the Mirror, “I have played for Ajax, Liverpool and Besiktas in Turkey – all massive clubs in Europe. I play for my country and I am an established ­international. And yet, I know that most people think that I should not even be selected.

“I feel this with fans and with the media. It is time I touch this subject. I don't think I have to keep it quiet any more. ­Nobody likes me. I know that the Holland boss, Ronald Koeman, ­appreciates me. But for pundits, TV ­commentators and in the media, I don't even exist. Every footballer plays with the hope that people love to watch you. But, for me, there is no sympathy or interest. I don't seem to have any charm for fans.

“What can I do about it? I ­really don't know. If they don't like you, nobody will care about you. I don't feel sorry for myself. But I do think it's time to ­express myself and come out with my inner feelings."

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