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Pienaar dismisses exit talk

18 Feb 2010 - 09:23:12

South Africa international Steven Pienaar has dismissed reports suggesting he is looking to leave Everton at the end of this season.

The 27-year-old midfielder's current Goodison Park contract expires at the end of next season, prompting speculation to surface linking him with a move away from Merseyside this summer.

But he told the Liverpool Echo: "I feel this is my home. The supporters have always been good to me and I always give 100 per cent.

"I definitely aim to play here for a lot longer, why not? Talk of moving is only rumours and I am definitely enjoying my football here."

Bayern Munich are one of the clubs that have been linked with a swoop for Pienaar, who made his 100th appearance for the Toffees in Tuesday's Europa League clash against Sporting Lisbon.

Meanwhile, Sylvain Distin thought he should not have been sent off against the Portuguese side.

The former Manchester City and Portsmouth defender was dismissed for bringing Sporting forward Liedson down in the incident which led to the visitors being awarded a penalty and grabbing a goal back as they lost 2-1.

Distin said: "I think it is the first straight red of my career. Now that I have watched the video of it, I think it is a bit harsh as I don't really go across him and I don't tackle but we knew they would go easily to the ground so I should have done better.

"It is difficult to say if the red card and the penalty was the right decision, but it was a bit harsh. It was a 50-50 but it didn't go my way this time. I have mixed feelings about the night but I am hard with myself so I am only going to remember the red card."


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