Benitez set for Babel talks

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Rafa Benitez is to talk with Ryan Babel, but will not allow the winger to leave Liverpool on loan.

Reds boss will not allow winger to leave on loan

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is to hold talks with Ryan Babel, but maintains that he will not allow the winger to leave on loan. Babel is disappointed at a lack of first-team opportunities this season and has claimed summer guarantees from his club boss have not been kept. A loan return to Ajax was hinted as a possibility, and it remains an option for the future, as the Holland ace wants to reinforce his place for the 2010 World Cup. But Benitez, who has previously challenged Babel to battle for a role, will not allow a player he signed for £11.5million in 2007 leave on a temporary basis. He said: "I will talk to Ryan. But I do not want him going on loan, he needs to work and fight for his place here."

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