Born in Antwerp on March 2. Antwerp is the most populous city in Belgium. Its North Sea port is one of the biggest in the world.
Starts out with local side Germinal Beerschot where Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen also played.
Crosses the border to Amsterdam to join the Ajax youth academy in August. Makes his Belgium Under-15 debut. Quickly does the same at Under-16 level.
By October he is an Under-17 international.
Represents Belgium in the UEFA Under-17 Championships and goes on to win 17 caps at that level, scoring three times. Steps up to the Under-18 team.
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