Midfielder who made his senior career debut in 2005 for Ajax. He played there up until 2012 when he transferred to Newcastle United; in 2017 he joined Leeds United.
He played soccer in three youth systems: CVV Willemstad from 1996-1997, VV Maarssen from 1997-1999, and Ajax from 1999-2005.
He has played for Netherlands' U15, U17, 19, U20, U21, and national teams.
In 2012 he had his first child, a daughter, with his longtime girlfriend.
In his debut for Newcastle United, in 2012, he entered late in a match to replace star Yohan Cabaye.