Steven Pienaar confirms he's eyeing a PSL move
Posted: 16 June 2017 Time: 16:27
Steven Pienaar has confirmed that he definitely wants to play in the PSL next season.
The former Bafana Bafana international has spent the last 16 years of his career in Europe – a decade of which has been in England where he has done duty for Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland.
‘Schillo’ is out of contract with The Black Cats at the end of the month and his deal will not be renewed with the club that was relegated from the English Premiership last season, and the winger says a return to South Africa is now his immediate aim.
“That is definite. If not then I will retire,” he tells KickOff.com upon being asked if he will be playing in the PSL next season.
“At my age I can’t go to America because I don’t want to travel too far. If you go to China travelling is long and so you have to consider all that. I told the family that I want to move to South Africa and I told my manager as well. I told him (my manager) that listen, if you get a club elsewhere I will think about it, but first make sure that you find a club in South Africa. I told my family that this is the right time now to move back to South Africa even though I still have my house in Amsterdam.
“If there is a club that is really interested in me and they speak to my manager and we can do a deal then that will be it. I will definitely want to finish my career in South Africa. Family is important for me. It has always been important. If I go to China then my kids will not go with me and I will miss them so you have to understand that these are priorities.
"I have already told everyone that we are moving here and I have already started sending all my furniture to South Africa so. It is 90% likely that I will play in South Africa,” says Pienaar while at his community tournament in Westbury.
With the 35-year-old making it no secret that he wants to end his playing career back home the question then falls on the identity of the club.
“I know there will always be talk because the media will create stories, but for now I am just happy to be home with my family and friends,” he says. “Whatever comes up and whichever club has interest in me then it means we will have it up from there. I haven’t spoken to any clubs so it is all up in the air,” he states.
Yet it is known that growing up he was a Orlando Pirates fan and remains one up to now.
Then factoring in the emergence of Cape Town City who are owned by his former boss John Comitis and coached by ex-teammate Benni McCarthy, the identity of the club that he will join is not crystal clear.
In all this Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns cannot be ruled out.
“Obviously every player wants to play for a team (Orlando Pirates) that they supported as a kid, but then this is not all up to me," he says.
“Cape Town City? It could be possible because I know the city well and I have a lot of friends there. I know John very well and Benni is like a big brother to me, so if he wants me he knows where to get me (laughing).
"However, like I have said this is not all up to me, it is up to the clubs. I cannot go to the clubs and say ‘sign me’. I am just a player and if they want me then they will speak to my manager.”