Defender and right back who made his senior career debut in 2008 for Ajax, and his international debut in 2009 for Belgium.
He played youth soccer for Germinal Beerschot from 1999-2004, and for Ajax from 2004-2008.
In 2010 he was chosen as Talent of the Year for Ajax.
He was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium.
In 2013 he joined Atletico Madrid, where he played alongside star David Villa.