Pienaar - Never say never

Returning ace has not ruled out loan spell becoming permanent

Steven Pienaar: Has not ruled out making his Everton return permanent

Steven Pienaar: Has not ruled out making his Everton return permanent

Steven Pienaar has not ruled out the possibility of his loan spell at former club Everton becoming permanent.

The South Africa international moved from Tottenham to Goodison Park until the end of the season in a late transfer deadline day deal.

The 29-year-old, who left the Toffees for White Hart Lane a year ago, has not ruled out a longer stay, but wants to focus on playing at present after making seven appearances this season for Spurs.

He said: "You never know what will happen in football, things change every day.

"You never know what will happen in football, things change every day."

Steven Pienaar

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"If I have a good few months we will see what happens in the summer but let me focus on the first few months and get playing."

Pienaar was a key figure in manager David Moyes' side first time around but knows he will have to win over both the manager and the fans, having turned down a new contract to stay a year ago.

Good terms

However, he remained on good terms with many of the players while in north London and hopes that will help him settle back in quickly.

"I have been speaking to the players a lot and when the manager gave me a call on Tuesday it made things much easier," said Pienaar.

"Like all the other players I have to come and fight for my place.

"I know it is not going to be easy, the team has had two good wins so I will have to come and fight and show I deserve a place.

"You could say there is pressure because people will expect the same stuff but maybe I'll have a Landon Donovan effect (who returned to the club for a second loan spell from LA Galaxy) and do even better than last time."