Johannesburg - 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 African 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 year 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."
Pienaar admits it has been difficult to strike a deal that suits
both parties as he looks for security at a key stage of his career.
"I'll be honest. I have a year left on my contract. I'm happy to
sign a new one, but at my age it has to be right and fair," he
"The only difference I've had with the club has been over what's right."