Pienaar keen on Goodison Park stay

Pienaar keen on Goodison Park stay

Published Feb. 18, 2010 10:31 a.m. ET

Steven Pienaar has given Everton a boost by committing his future to the club despite reports linking him with a move away from Goodison Park.

The midfielder, 28, has been in impressive form of late and scored fine goals against Arsenal and Manchester City last month before Tuesday's well-worked opener against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League.

He has been linked with both Arsenal and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, and has only 18 months remaining on his contract - which could potentially influence the club to sell him this summer rather than lose him on a free transfer.

With fellow midfielder Marouane Fellaini ruled out for the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury, Pienaar will have an increasingly influential role to play and any distracting speculation could be damaging in the extreme.

But Pienaar, quoted in the Daily Express, said: "I feel this is my home. The supporters have always been good to me and I always give 100%.

"I definitely aim to play here for a lot longer, why not? Talk of moving is only rumours and I'm definitely enjoying my football here."