Mich shares Ajax's stance on Pienaar
Posted: 30 January 2018 Time: 16:00
Ajax Cape Town's head of football Mich d'Avray has explained the club's position on potentially signing veteran playmaker Steven Pienaar.
Pienaar has been linked with a return to Ajax following his recent release from Bidvest Wits.
'Schillo' was also on Cape Town City's radar but Citizens chairman John Comitis earlier today ruled out a move for the 35-year-old.
While the door is not closed to Pienaar at Ikamva, D'Avray says the coastal outfit are getting their priorities in order ahead of the transfer window shutting at midnight on Wednesday.
“There’s been discussions this week obviously about players but Steven’s name hasn’t really come up as such,” D’Avray tells KickOff.com. “I mean football changes on a daily basis."
He continues: “He’s a household name and a you say he started his career here so that would be a bit of nostalgia. He is a quality player and hasn't had a checkered career. It’s just a question of now there’s a few priorities that we are discussing because we're under pressure with the transfer window closing.
“I think Steven’s got his clearance doesn’t he? If he’s released by Wits and he’s got his clearance he could sign outside the transfer window because it don’t apply to him. But like I said right now we just have other issues that we’re trying to deal with. We got to focus on the transfer window which comes up in a few days’ time. If Steven is available outside the window also it might be a possibility but he if he’d been high on our list now we would have signed him. But that doesn’t mean to say that we won’t sign him.”
Pienaar got his professional break at the Urban Warriors before moving to Ajax Amsterdam in July 2001 where he launched a fine career overseas, which included stints at English trio Everton, Tottenham and Sunderland.