David Moyes has reiterated that any discussions regarding Steven Pienaar's future at Everton must wait until the end of the season.
The South African playmaker returned to Goodison Park for a second spell in January after being frozen out of the first-team picture at Tottenham.
A loan deal which will run through to the end of the season was put in place, allowing Pienaar to take in regular football.
He has impressed since returning to Merseyside and has been a key figure for the Toffees during their recent run of fine form.
Moyes has been quick to praise Pienaar's impact and has hinted that he would like to make his stay permanent.
He is, however, aware that the player belongs to another club and is reluctant to discuss the ins and outs of a possible transfer until the 2011/12 campaign has come to a close.
Speaking after Everton's 4-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday, Moyes said: "You're probably going to ask me at every press conference and I'm going to give the same answer that I genuinely don't think anything will be even talked about until after the end of the season."