The Dutchman bounced around the lower leagues of Europe until finding himself at St Mary's.
"I enjoy myself here every day. The Premier League was for me a long time utopia, not many players in the second division of Austria, where I have played, have reached the Premier League.
"At Southampton I've already played against the top teams of England, except Chelsea."
He added: "Before this season my place was certain. But Maya Yoshida's arrival means there's three central defenders for two positions. I need to know what the coach is thinking."