Pienaar salutes Everton fans

Image: Steven Pienaar: Has thanked Everton fans and admits he is sad to be leaving again

Steven Pienaar has left the door open for another return to Everton after an emotional farewell at Goodison Park.

Let's just see what will happen in the summer, says on-loan midfielder

Steven Pienaar has left the door open for another return to Everton after an emotional farewell at Goodison Park. Pienaar enjoyed an impressive loan spell with the Toffees, the club he left to join Tottenham in January 2011. The South African has scored four goals in just 14 Premier League games for David Moyes' side - equalling his best goalscoring season at the club and helping fire Everton up the league. And the 30-year-old struggled to hold back the tears after bringing his loan stay to an end with a goal in the 3-1 home win over Newcastle on Sunday. "It's hard," he told Everton TV. "The first time I left I didn't say goodbye, this time around it's a bit sad. I just want to say thanks for the support from day one. I really appreciate it. "It means a lot to me, this club. Let's just see what will happen in the summer."

Difficult

Pienaar has endured a difficult time at Spurs, appearing in just 10 Premier League games for Harry Redknapp's side in 12 months there. Even so, his presence in London was missed as his parent club's form dipped alarmingly after his loan exit, amid concerns about the strength of the squad. But Spurs' loss was Everton's gain as the Merseyside club finished the season with a nine-game unbeaten run to rise above rivals Liverpool into seventh spot - an achievement Pienaar relished. "Finishing above Liverpool is (an) unbelievable feeling and in the second half of the season the guys were fantastic. I was glad to be a part of that," he added. "For me it was important to finish the way I started - with a goal. "I think my loan spell went well. I am pleased with myself. "Don't forget, I didn't play much in the first half of the season and the only way I could pay the manager and the supporters back was by performing and I think I did quite well."

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