Steven Pienaar will remain at Everton this season, according to the club's assistant manager Steve Round. The South African international, who is out of contract next summer, has been linked with a swap deal with Tottenham’s Peter Crouch. However, Round responded: “The manager (David Moyes) has said all along he wants Steven to stay. “He is under contract and as far as we are concerned he will be an Everton player this season. “There is no truth in the speculation. Steven has been a terrific player for us and is a terrific asset.”
Having tied other big name players such as Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Leighton Baines and Jack Rodwell to new long-term deals this summer, Everton have been eager for Pienaar to follow suit with an offer on the table for him for several weeks but despite the midfielder claiming he is happy to stay at Goodison, he has yet to put pen to paper.