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Moyes tips Pienaar to stay at Goodison

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Everton manager David Moyes believes Steven Pienaar will pledge his long-term future to the club.

The South Africa winger is attracting a number of suitors following an impressive season at Goodison Park. That has raised doubts he could be heading out with his agent stating he would like a new deal sorted out before the World Cup.

Moyes is relaxed about the situation, insisting there is no rush. Asked if he was confident a deal could be struck before the World Cup, he said: "Yes. The talks have been ongoing for a long time. I hope we will, I am sure we will."

Moyes added: "Steven Pienaar has found somewhere that suits him. The supporters like him. He did well at Ajax then went to Dortmund, it didn't happen for him.

"We brought him here on loan when he was a bit down and gave him that platform. I think he has found a good home."

Like Pienaar there is also speculation about Jack Rodwell's future and Moyes added: "He has a four-year deal. Both players are under contract. It is not as if we are panicking, they are both Everton players."

Moyes will be without Dutch midfielder John Heitinga against Fulham on Sunday and probably the final two games of the season, as he has a hairline fracture of the ankle.

Heitinga sat out the victory over Blackburn last weekend after suffering the injury in the previous match with Aston Villa.

Moyes said: "He doesn't think it is too bad and we don't think it is too bad. There is a chance he might not play again this season.

"It won't have any affect on his World Cup, he will be fine for that. He just needs a couple of weeks rest. It is a disappointment but he is determined to return before the end of the season. That's what makes him such a popular figure."

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