Pienaar lashes out at Everton
Former South Africa captain Steven Pienaar has hit out at Everton’s “unreasonable” treatment of him as he nears his Goodison Park exit.
Pienaar has made 228 appearances for the Toffees but has only managed three appearances this year due to a persistent thigh injury and has been unable to force his way into Roberto Martinez’s side.
His days at Goodison Park looks to be coming to an end but the 34-year old is unhappy about a lack of communication from club officials.
“I’m 100 per cent fit and felt in good form when I played some games in January,” Pienaar told KickOff.
“I haven’t been in the squad for the last six weeks, I don’t know why, and obviously this is a concern for me but that is the coach’s decision and I must respect that.
“Waiting until the end of the season to hear whether or not Everton wish to extend my contract is unreasonable, I feel. It’s not the way I envisaged ending my career at a club that has been such a major part of my life.
“My representatives have tried a number of times, unsuccessfully, to get hold of the club to talk about my future and get some indication, so I remain in the dark. Obviously I need to keep my options open because I would still like to keep playing for another couple of seasons, at least.”
Pienaar said that he would “love to give something new a go” when the prospects of a move to the recently big-spending Chinese Super League was raised but suggested that he would accept a less glamorous switch in the short term.
He added: “I am really just looking for game time at this stage of my career so in my current situation I wouldn’t mind dropping down to the Championship to help a club there until the end of the season. That would be a great challenge.
“I still feel like I have got a lot to offer and at this stage of my career; what’s most important for me is playing games.”