David Moyes is confident Steven Pienaar will agree a new deal at Everton before the World Cup.
The South African has been one of Everton's best performers this season.
Pienaar's current contract runs until the summer of 2011 and there have been reports in the national media linking him with a move away from Goodison. However, Moyes offered a massive boost to Everton fans when he revealed on Friday that he expects a new deal to be agreed soon.
He was asked at his pre-match press conference whether he was confident a deal would be agreed before the World Cup.
"Yes," he replied. "The talks have been on going for some time. I hope we will and I am sure we will.
"I think Steven Pienaar has found somewhere that suits him. The supporters like him. He did well at Ajax then went to Dortmund but it didn't happen for him. We brought him here on loan when he was a bit down and gave him that platform so I think he's found a good home."
Moyes also provided an update on Jack Rodwell's contract situation, confirming that talks were ongoing over a renewal of the England Under-21 star's deal that has four years to run.
"Jack has got a four-year contract at the moment so all it is is a renewal of his contract," explained Moyes. "Both players are under contract so it is not as if we have got any panic on. They are both Everton players."
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