Pienaar tells why he picked Spurs, not Chelsea

Speaking about the move in Saturday's Observer, the 28-year-old suggests that he chose Tottenham not only because he believes they are now more likely to win trophies than their near-neighbours, but because Chelsea's style of play is uninspiring and their handling of the transfer was so poor that even after the club's bid for his services had been accepted they made him feel ignored and unappreciated.   "It wasn't about the money, it was about ambition," Pienaar says of his decision.    "I want to fight and to play every game at the highest level and play in the Champions League and that's what I want every season, and that's why I made the decision to join Spurs."   It is a strange comment, given that Tottenham are enjoying their first season of Champions League football while Chelsea have qualified for the past eight.    "The decision I made may not be the right one, but I followed my heart and prayed for the answer. Joining Tottenham was the answer," he says.    "I asked a lot of people and some said go to Chelsea, some said go to Spain, some said go to Tottenham. Some may not like it but this is my decision. If I fail then it's my responsibility."   Another factor that attracted Pienaar to Spurs was the presence of his boyhood idol, Les Ferdinand, on their coaching staff.    "Most of the young boys in the neighbourhood where I grew up, supported Arsenal, Manchester United or Liverpool, but I supported Newcastle," he says.    "It was Kevin Keegan's team, with Les Ferdinand and David Ginola. Back in the mid-90s Newcastle won 5-4, open games. That's why fans go to stadiums, to pay money and watch good football.   "I like the football Tottenham play today; it's been very attractive for the past two seasons," he says.    "Chelsea are a big club, they are the champions, but Tottenham are on the up and everyone can see that. Time will tell if we can do better than them, but I joined Tottenham because they are on the rise.   "For attacking football, they are probably the best in England. They put you on the edge of your seat. It's different class."   The final factor in making Pienaar's mind up was a perceived lack of interest from Chelsea, whose manager, Carlo Ancelotti, made no attempt to sway the decision in his favour – in contrast to Harry Redknapp at Spurs.   "When Spurs' bid was accepted, Everton gave me permission so I came down to White Hart Lane and spoke to Harry.  I wouldn't join a club without speaking to the manager and hearing what his plans are."   Pienaar says he has been given no assurances of his first-team place at Tottenham, but Redknapp admired the successful partnership he forged with the attacking full-back Leighton Baines on Everton's left flank and may ask him to re-create it at Tottenham with Gareth Bale, whose long-term future is likely to lie at left-back, according to his manager.   Ancelotti's comments in the Press were the ones that put Pienaar off going to Stamford Bridge.    "I didn't seek for Steven Pienaar to come here. We don't need a midfielder because we have fantastic midfielders already. He was not our priority," Ancelotti said.  

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