Babel cools Arsenal link

Babel has been linked with Arsenal and Newcastle in recent weeks.

The youngster has been offered a new contract at Ajax which he intent to sign.

He said: “I intend to sign up. However, we take time in order to not have the feeling afterwards that we have hurried everything.

“I was on a five-day holiday in London.

“I missed the New Year party at Ajax as a result. I forgot about it.

“But I was on a visit to see Robin van Persie. That was my excuse to the club.”