On Ziggo Sport last week, Van Basten and Timber appeared on set and the former advised: “You have to go to a club where you know for sure that you will play.
“You shouldn't go somewhere where you can only participate, but to a club where you are also decisive. You have to give yourself that assurance. You also have to be stable in your private life. So, for example, if you don't live with your girl yet and you have to go abroad alone... I would advise against that."
“Look, you have been playing at Ajax for just three years," the analyst continues. “I think it is really very important to lay a foundation at Ajax, so that you can go abroad better afterwards. You have to be sure not to become a reserve player there. The dressing room of every club abroad looks at you in a way: let's see it then. If your fellow players don't feel they're getting better with you, then they're all against you. You are ultimately the 'intruder'.
“You can already see this year how difficult it is when you have to do it all on your own. You were now among other defenders who were not so good and now you have a different year than last year. Last season you were good, but now you have a lot of problems.
"Abroad they think: for you two others. You think you can make some good money there, but you just have to play. You have to make sure that you have your affairs in order physically, mentally, privately and technically.
"You must be an added value. I would really advise you to gain another year of experience in the Netherlands and only look further when you have had a good season."