Pienaar agent issues Toffees warning

Pienaar agent issues Toffees warning

Published Apr. 21, 2010 2:06 p.m. ET

Steven Pienaar's agent has warned Everton to resolve contract negotiations before the World Cup or risk losing the South Africa midfielder.

The 28-year-old has just over a year to run on his existing deal but wants an extension to be agreed before he flies out to join his national team next month.

Pienaar's agent Ivan Modia insisted his client was happy at Goodison Park but, with a number of Europe's top clubs circling, had not ruled out a future away from the Toffees.

"At the moment we are looking at every situation and it will be sorted one way or another before the World Cup," Modia said.

"We have had some interest expressed from clubs in Europe but we haven't talked to them because everything must go through Everton because he is under contract.

"It is possible (Pienaar could leave) but it is also possible he will stay at the club.

"I am not saying he is leaving the club because that is not true.

"We are in talks but I think it would be disrespectful to Everton [to elaborate] because we have a good relationship with the club.

"Negotiations have been ongoing since the start of the year but it has not been an intense process.

"We are talking and are patient. We are waiting to see what is going to happen behind closed doors.

"What I think is there are two different options. One is to get a new contract but if he did not he would be looking for a solution.

"He goes to the World Cup this summer and that would be a good way for Everton to make money from it."

The latest club to join the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham in being linked with Pienaar are neighbours Liverpool.

David Moyes has said he thinks it would be unwise for the South African to leave a club he is obviously well-suited to and Modia admitted Pienaar owed the Everton manager a great deal.

"He loves the club and loves the fans and he really appreciates the opportunity that Everton gave him when he was having a really difficult time in his career," he added.

"David Moyes took him on loan (from Borussia Dortmund in 2007) with an option to buy him and that changed his career because he was having a bit of a nightmare in Germany."