"I had already almost decided," Kongolo told Voetbal International. "At home, everyone agreed and also my agents thought it was a good idea so I said: 'Coach, I go to FC Utrecht'.
"But Koeman, a real boss for whom everyone had a bit of awe, sat back and said that he could not let me go. Joris Mathijsen was injured and he needed me: 'You play against Vitesse,' he said, 'and if you do well, you'll just stay there. Good luck'.
"We never discussed FC Utrecht again!"
Kongolo continued: "I got my chance, the only thing I wanted. I knew that I could take confidence in myself and in God. He never drops His own children, so I did not fear.
"Koeman kept his word. After Vitesse I stayed in. It changed my life. A few months later I was with the Dutch national team in Rio de Janeiro and now everybody wants something from me."
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