A good news story for Goodison Park supporters.
Steven Pienaar has insisted he loves playing for Everton and is happy to sign a new deal if fair terms can be agreed.
The South Africa international midfielder has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park despite never stating that he was looking to leave.
The speculation stems from the fact that negotiations over a contract extension have dragged on for some time and he is yet to officially commit his future to the Toffees.
Pienaar’s current deal expires next summer and a number of other Premier League clubs are thought to be monitoring his situation.
However, the 28-year-old maintains that he still enjoys life with Everton and hopes an agreement can be sorted soon.
“There’s been a lot of speculation about a transfer but I’ve never once said that I want to leave Everton,” he told Click Liverpool.
“I love playing for Everton. It’s a great club with real tradition and history.
“You can see that at Goodison Park, an old stadium which is always full and where the fans really know their football.
“And you read about the history of the club too, the trophies and the old stars.
“We have a good team and the manager is a superb influence.” (Sky Sports)
This must make a pleasant change for Everton fans continuously confronted with stories relating to the impending departure of players looking for a move up the footballing ladder. David Moyes obviously faces issues with keeping some of his players who may feel they can not attain their goals at the club but the likes of Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Phil Jagielka and Jack Rodwell are still at the club so the Goodison Park side clearly have something to offer.
It seems that South African international Pienaar is more than happy to stay at the club and the only issue, albeit not a straightforward one, relates to wage demands and length of contract. The former Ajax man has had three very useful seasons at the club and has a lot to offer and I am sure a new deal will be sorted long before the 28 year old nears the end of his current deal next summer.