Van der Lely was once voted the greatest talent of the Enschede youth. He was part of Jong FC Twente in the first division, of which many players eventually moved on to the main squad of FC Twente.
“Of course also a bit of a necessity,” Van der Lely makes a small comment. “But it is really a pity that that trend did not continue. Only Peet Bijen is left of that group. And with Wout Brama a real clubman has returned, but otherwise the regional touch is a bit off with the current selection. “
“I have not had the easiest period at Twente, with all financial problems. With continuous interventions for the short term, that change course over and over again. I don’t like that. And I don’t blame them, because it was because of the circumstances had also simply been impossible to build up over several years, as happened at AZ. “
“Especially when I was not playing and in the stands, I really felt that I was wasting my time. Then I prefer to read. As a footballer it has only gotten less in recent years, no matter how hard I worked for it. “