Pienaar Unsure on Future
Steven Pienaar bade an emotional farewell to Everton's fans before admitting he has no idea whether he will be back at Goodison Park next season.
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Pienaar struggled to hold back the tears on Sunday after his loan spell from parent club Tottenham ended with a 3-1 win for the Toffees over Newcastle.
The South African hardly saw any first-team action at White Hart Lane this term but has been hugely impressive upon his return to Merseyside, scoring four times during his 14-match spell at Goodison Park.
After the game Pienaar saluted the home fans and then gave an emotional interview to Everton TV in which he said: "It's hard. The first time I left I didn't say goodbye, this time around it's a bit sad. I just want to say thanks for the support from day one. I really appreciate it.
"It means a lot to me, this club. Let's just see what will happen in the summer."
Although never a regular under Harry Redknapp, Spurs missed the versatile midfielder's presence as injuries and fatigue took their toll in the second half of the Londoners' campaign.
Pienaar, who originally joined Everton from Borussia Dortmund in 2007, returned to Goodison Park when the club looked destined for a bottom-half finish, but the midfielder has played a key part in the club's turnaround, which eventually saw them finish above rivals Liverpool for the first time in seven years.
"Finishing above Liverpool is unbelievable feeling and in the second half of the season the guys were fantastic. I was glad to be a part of that," added Pienaar, who scored yesterday's opener with a deflected 20-yard strike.
"For me it was important to finish the way I started - with a goal.
"I think my loan spell went well. I am pleased with myself.
"Don't forget, I didn't play much in the first half of the season and the only way I could pay the manager and the supporters back was by performing and I think I did quite well."