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Pienaar eyes Everton stay

Steven Pienaar is confident the future is bright for Everton -- and says he wants to be part of it.

The South African midfielder has been the subject of speculation linking him with other clubs after an outstanding season at Goodison Park.

Everton are keen to tie the player to a new deal but negotiations have yet to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

Pienaar has been one of the Toffees' most influential players throughout their strong showing in the second half of the Premier League campaign.

His efforts last night earned him the club's player of the year award and when asked about the future, he said: "Hopefully we can kick on from here to next season and the coming years.

"We have got the potential. The people behind the club really want it to happen and so do the players."