Phil Neville urges Steven Pienaar to stay put

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Everton captain Phil Neville has urged midfield ace Steven Pienaar to sign a new contract to extend his stay at Goodison Park.

The 28-year-old's current deal runs out next summer, with a host of clubs keeping tabs on the South African playmaker.

Neville told the Daily Echo:"To be fair to Steven he's got that hanging over him, but he keeps playing well for us.

"It would be a massive blow to lose him. He's such an influential character.

"But it happened to Joleon Lescott a few years ago and we didn't want him to move. It's happened to other big players – we as players can't do anything about it.

"You can say to Steven every minute of every day that we don't want him to leave, but at the end of the day it's his decision.

"He's from South Africa, he's played in Ajax, then Dortmund now he's been to Everton and had the happiest days of his career I think. The club wants him to stay, but there's not much else we can say.

"He's probably weighing up his options now and you just hope for our sake that he signs.

"I wouldn't want another player delving into it, if I was in this situation. It's between the manager, Steven and the chairman. It's just up to Steven to make the right decision now."

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