Everton stars want duo stay
Phil Neville and Leighton Baines hope Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar sign new long-term deals at Everton.
Last Updated: 28/07/10 9:04am
Everton pair Phil Neville and Leighton Baines hope star duo Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar sign new long-term deals at Goodison Park.
Arteta has been in negotiations over a new deal for some time but is yet to sign while South Africa international Pienaar is now entering the final year of his contract.
The pair are crucial to David Moyes' plans and Neville believes players should not always be tempted by the prospect of earning more money elsewhere at the expense of happiness on Merseyside.
Neville believes Everton are building something special at Goodison Park and that silverware is just around the corner providing their impressive squad can remain intact.
"We want them to stay and that's the bottom line," he told Sky Sports News. "The manager and fans obviously want them to stay.
"They've got a great environment to play in. I keep saying to them the grass isn't always greener on the other side. They've got a great platform.
"They're all highly thought of and they are all looked after and hopefully they can stay and we can build something really special.
"If we keep everybody together these boys can win silverware at this club and that's what they should remember."
Baines has echoed Neville's sentiments, stating everyone at the club is desperate for the pair to commit themselves to the Merseysiders.
"They will definitely know we all want them to stay," added Baines.
"They are among our better players and a key part of what we are looking to do. We want to keep our better players to give us the best chance of success.
"Hopefully they will stick with us. I don't know what their thoughts are - they are personal matters - but we are all hoping, like the fans, they stay with us."