The Holland U20 international has just signed on-loan with Telstar to work with coach Andries Jonker.
"At first I didn't know he was a trainer at Telstar, but once I heard that, it was pretty easy. I had an interview and that felt good, so I just saw this as the best step."
On turning down Arsenal, he explained: “Immediately after my birth, I was registered with the Waaghalzen (the junior club of AZ), I really grew up with AZ. My mother always tells me in friends' books when asked what do you want to be when you grow up? I wrote that I wanted to become AZ goalkeeper. So if you can sign a contract with your club at the age of sixteen ... It's hard to say if that's better than Arsenal. But I wanted that. I wanted to get it first from AZ. That's how I am still in it."