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Date: 14 December 2018

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Pienaar eager to do duty for Spurs

[Posted 21 Jan 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Pienaar is now a Tottenham Hotspurs player and can"t wait to don the colours of his new club

New Tottenham Hotspurs signing Steven Pienaar cannot wait to don the colours of his new club. This could happen as early as tomorrow when Spurs visit Newcastle.

Pienaar is excited by so many things at Spurs, including the presence of familiar faces of his Bafana Bafana team mate Bongani Khumalo and former team mate at Ajax Amsterdam, Rafael van Der Vaart.

"There is a great manager at this club and one of my team-mates with the national team plays here [Bongani Khumalo] and he told me about the club, that it is a big club, it is a club on the up that plays good football," Pienaar said to Spurs TV Online.

Pienaar is excited about playing exciting football, the same way he enjoyed his introduction to European football at Ajax together with Rafa.

"The style of football is really important. I played with Rafa [van der Vaart] at Ajax and we played attacking football. I want to be in a team that plays attacking football that is exciting for the supporters to watch.

"I am definitely looking forward to playing with him again - but not just Rafa, all the players here because the football is exciting, it makes me excited and I can't wait. That is one of the reasons I decided to join Spurs," added Schillo.

The Bafana midfield star understands that he won't easily walk into the first team, but he is pleased to have joined a top four team with potential to win championships.

 “For me personally, I want to make sure I work hard and fight for a starting place in the team. I know it won’t be easy but I am mentally strong to do that.”

“For the team, we are not far off first place in the Premier League so I think we’ve got a good chance to go all the way and win a trophy this season,” Pienaar said.

It looks like Pienaar's prayers may be answered soon, and he could make his Spurs bow at Newcastle this weekend, a team that he supported as a youngster.

The former Everton talisman, who can play on the left, right or just behind strikers will have to give a good fight for a position in  a star-studded Spurs outfit.

Gareth Bale on the left has been Spurs' best player this season. Aaron Lennon is a marvel to watch on the right, while Rafa and Luka Modric have been in great form as well this season.

Pienaar's greatest weapon remains his versatility in midfield. That is what attracted Harry Redknapp the most.

Spurs recently beat Chelsea to the signature of Pienaar after so many twisting and turning in the player's transfer saga in recent weeks.

Spurs showed firm interest first and even sealed personal terms with the player for an estimated  £70,000-a-week deal even before agreeing to a fee with the Toffees. Redknapp had hoped to get the player on a Bosman free agent rule at the end of this season.

Pienaar had stalled on a contract extension as he sought to have Everton put him on parity with the highest paid Mikel Arteta who earns £75,000-a-week. When the club could not up their offer of £60,000-a-week , the player refused to sign a contract extension.

Chelsea saw an opportunity to get a player who was valued only at around £3m and whose contract is ending in May. The Blues offered exactly that amount for Pienaar's services.

Spurs then made a £2m offer for Schillo, which Everton rejected.

Pienaar was allowed to discuss personal terms with Chelsea, and the two could not agree.

Tottenham saw another opportunity to go for their target, and decided to up the offer to approximately £2.5m which Everton interestingly accepted. Now Redknapp is over the moon.

"He's a good signing. He's a good footballer, I think he'll fit into the way we play great and I've always liked him.

"He has a good attitude, a good trainer, a good player. I know David Moyes loved him at Everton and it was unfortunate he decided not to stay.

"But in the end I think it is a fair deal – Everton got a decent fee in the end for him, Chelsea were in for him, and I think he spoke to Chelsea and he came and spoke to us and he's decided to come here," Redknapp told Sky Sports News this week. 

Pienaar has been allocated jersey number 40 in the Spurs squad. He confirmed as such on his twitter page.

“To end speculation I am going to Spurs. I've had brilliant years at Everton and it will always be a special place in my heart.

“And I can also confirm I will be jersey No40,” read the message which the player who was born in  Westbury near Johannesburg posted on his page.

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