Pienaar should stay put – Baines

Pienaar, 28, has a year left to run on his contract, and last month

his representative Ivan Modia denied the South Africa international

had been offered a club-record deal to stay at Goodison Park.

Baines signed a new five-year contract at the start of the month

and has urged Pienaar to follow suit. He told the Liverpool Echo:

“We’ve been texting each other. I’ve got a decent relationship with

Steven and he’s been sending me his holiday pictures. “It’s awkward

discussing his future with him, because you want to leave him to

it. But then at the same time I’m like my mate who is a season

ticket holder and asks me what is happening. “I start saying to him

‘What’s happening? Hurry up and get it sorted’. I’ve tried to get

into him a few times about it and he just laughs it off. I am

desperate for him to stay.”