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Fulham brings revitalized Babel back to the Premier League

KRC Genk v Besiktas - UEFA Europa League - Group I

GENK, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 08: Ryan Babel of Besiktas in action during the UEFA Europa League Group I match between KRC Genk and Besiktas at Cristal Arena on November 8, 2018 in Genk, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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Ryan Babel is back in the Premier League, at least for the next few months, after spending the better of the decade away from English football.

The ex-Liverpool winger, 32, will wear the white of Fulham for the rest of the season, heading to Craven Cottage from Besiktas for the rest of his contract.

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The deal runs through the season, which has seen Babel score six goals in 19 matches.

From FulhamFC.com:

“My first impressions are good and I’m very excited. I definitely have faith that Fulham can stay up. That’s one of the reasons that I’m here, to try and help that to happen. I’m ready to go, I’m excited and I can’t wait.”

Capped 54 times by the Netherlands, Babel has traveled a lot since leaving Liverpool in 2011. He made stops at Hoffenheim, Ajax, Kasimpasa, Al Ain, and Deportivo la Coruna before heading to Besiktas in 2017.

He scored a career-best 15 goals in all competitions for Besiktas last season, his top campaign since bagging 10 for Liverpool in 2007-08.

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