Steven Pienaar: I’ve never said I want to leave Everton

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Steven Pienaar has reiterated his desire to stay at Everton and insists he has never asked to leave Goodison Park.

The South African's new contract negotiations had appeared to have stalled with Pienaar's agent hinting earlier in the month that his client was agitating for a transfer.

However, Pienaar said:"There's been a lot of speculation about a transfer but I've never once said that I want to leave Everton.

"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.

"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. The only difference I've had with the club has been over what's right."

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