Ryan Babel signed for Fulham from Besiktas in the winter transfer market, and come the summer he’ll be free of contract with either club.

That means he can start negotiating a new deal with a third club, and planning the rest of his future. At 32 years of age this contract will be very important for the footballer and he needs to showcase his talent to attract the right deal.

Since moving to Fulham, Babel has made nine Premier League appearances, scoring two goals and adding two assists. If the club’s position in the table is ignored, it’s going reasonably well.

But with relegation looking probable for the London side, an exit becomes likelier than a new Fulham deal.

In their Tuesday edition, De Telegraaf say: ‘The telephone of his agent Winny Haatrecht is ringing frequently.’

Babel himself feels his move to the club has worked, and will help prepare him for an important summer with the Netherlands. That was partly the aim of the switch, with an eye towards the UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal.

Babel told the Dutch newspaper: “Out of respect for Fulham, I’ll only hold discussions later, when there is clarity about the sporting future of the club.”