Steven Pienaar dismisses Everton FC exit talk

18 February 2010 08:00
STEVEN PIENAAR has dismissed rumours linking him with a summer move away from Everton.

The South African midfielder's impressive performances have prompted interest from a number of clubs, who are aware he has only a year left on his current Goodison contract.

But the 27-year-old, who hopes to shine on home soil in this summer's World Cup, has reiterated his loyalty to the Toffees despite not yet agreeing a new deal.

He said: 'I feel this is my home. The supporters have always been good to me and I always give 100%.

'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 believed to be considering a move for Pienaar as they look at possible replacements for Franck Ribery.

But Pienaar, who scored during his 100th Everton appearance against Sporting on Tuesday, would be unlikely to return to the Bundesliga where he had a torrid time at Borussia Dortmund prior to joining the Blues. Manchester City are also thought to be monitoring the ex-Ajax player's situation as they look to add more big names to their squad.

Meanwhile, Sylvain Distin has questioned his straight red card for bringing down Sporting forward Liedson on Tuesday, which led to the Portuguese outfit converting the resultant penalty for a crucial away goal.

Source: Liverpool_Echo