'When I have a setback, I think of them'
So what was it like growing in up in Rotterdam? Quite a battle, to be honest, because I was always small. I liked to play football with the big boys so I had to fight and show my qualities all the time.
I always kept the faith that I wanted to be a footballer.
I played for local teams, two clubs, and then I went to Feyenoord when I was eight. I went to a friendly against Liverpool with my grandad. I don’t remember that much apart from the atmosphere and everything.
Back then, I was already there inside the stands and then I was on the pitch so it was amazing. A lot of the players we good to me. There was a goalkeeper, I was really close to him, Kenneth Vermeer. He was – and still is – a good friend. I’m still in contact with other players and they always help me too.
I think true people always stay around so they always stay with me.
I wouldn’t say I’ve come a long way, I would say we as I certainly didn’t do it on my own. So we came a long way but I still have to make steps and there is a lot of space for improvement.
That is what we are going to work on.