Pienaar's Everton future in the balance


Pienaar has enjoyed a highly-successful loan spell at the Goodison Park outfit this season and has established himself as a leading man with David Moyes' high-flyers, who are currently competing with Liverpool for fourth place – and a Uefa Champions League berth – in the table.

Reports had suggested he would make his loan move to England from German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund permanent, but latest indications are that the club is dragging its feet on completing the deal.

When quizzed about his future with Everton, Pienaar said he was unclear as to what his next move would be.

"At this stage I'm in the dark,” he told snl24.com/kickoff “I'm still under contract to Borussia Dortmund until June 2009 and only when they give me the go-ahead can I start to negotiate with any possible club. Obviously they will only give me this permission when they have reached an agreement with a club that wishes to buy me, but so far I have not been informed by Dortmund that they have reached agreement with Everton."

With a rumoured pre-agreed fee of 2-million Pounds (R30-million) to seal the signature of one of their key men from this season, it is surprising that Everton has yet to wrap things up – a fact that has disappointed the pint-sized midfielder.

"I came to Everton with the aim of establishing myself in the Premiership. I have worked really hard and tried to play my part in helping the club have a memorable season so far and I have enjoyed my time here.

“I've had to adapt to the way the game is played here and the style of Everton, but I think I have done well and much more than that in my first season in a new league would be a difficult to achieve.

“The fans have also been so fantastic – the way that they get behind the team and the way that they have accepted me has been special."

With continued rumours over the past few weeks linking him to Arsenal, Tottenham and Valencia, and having been a Newcastle fan whilst growing up as a teenager in Westbury, Johannesburg, is Pienaar already contemplating a future away from Everton?

"At this stage, no. I have enjoyed my time here, as I said. But the clock is ticking for me because I have a maximum transfer fee of 3-million Euros (approximately 2.2-million Pounds) in my contract with Dortmund that is only valid until 30 April.

“I cannot allow this deadline to expire because this is a transfer fee that is affordable to a number of clubs, particularly in the Premiership. So reasonably speaking, I can only wait for a few more days for Everton to reach agreement with Dortmund. If that's not going to be forthcoming, then I will then need to pursue the other options that I may have and finalise everything by the end of April."

Turning his attention away from his club, Pienaar was also very positive about Bafana Bafana.

"The team played really well against Paraguay and it shows that the coach is on track with the way he wants us to progress. We must enjoy the moment, but at the same time be very wary because the games in June are the ones that will give us a true idea of how we are going. I hope that I will be selected to try and play my part."