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Moyes hopes for Pienaar stay

2010-12-20 09:00

Johannesburg - Everton manager David Moyes is hoping that South African midfielder Steven Pienaar will remain at the club beyond his current contract.

Pienaar has already turned down a renewed offer as he looks towards an end-of-season exit.

A number of clubs including Tottenham Hotpsur have been linked with the 28-year-old, who joined the Toffees initially on loan in 2007.

And a move in January could materialise if Everton hope to cash in on their star player.

Moyes said: "I'd like to think we could see if there's room for manoeuvre.

"I've tried to leave the door open as long as I can. We'd be delighted to keep him." 

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Comments
  • fcassiem - 2010-12-20 11:55

    Pay the lad what he deserves. If Mikel Arteta earns between 90k and 110k per match then Pienaar should be on par with him. Arteta does not even have a senior cap for the Spanish national side so I'd say Pienaar is more experienced. Pienaar has also plied his trade at a higer level in Europe and has played Champions League football for Ajax and Dortmund so, if you want to keep him then pay him what he deserves.

      Christopher - 2010-12-20 14:45

      Mikel Arteta earns 75K a week, Everton's highest paid player. The offer to Pienaar matched this. As an Everton fan and as much as I don't want to see Pienaar leave he also needs to realise that the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence. Moyes buys players that suit his system and he can get the best out of. Often players come from obsurity (Cahill, Baines, Jagielka, Lescott and Pienaar), excel at Everton and get it in their heads they deserve better, only then to leave and have their career stall. Just look at the likes of Joelen Lescott, Thomas Graveson or Andy Johnson. Piennar is getting regular first team football, he plays in a system that suits him and has a manager that gets the best out of him and has the opportunity to be the clubs joint top earner.

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