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Pienaar's Trophy Quest

Midfielder wants to mark return to Club with silverware.

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Steven Pienaar admitted his relief at finally sealing a permanent return to Everton - and immediately set his sights on silverware.

The South African signed a four-year deal on Tuesday afternoon, a comeback set in motion by a sensational loan spell back at Goodison last season.

And in an exclusive interview with evertontv moments after putting pen to paper, the midfielder declared he hopes to mark his latest spell at the Club with a trophy.

"It took a few weeks but I'm delighted to be back," said a relieved Pienaar.

"Hopefully this time around we can win a cup or qualify for Europe. The manager has shown so much belief in me - that's the only way I can pay him back."

Pienaar originally joined on loan from Borussia Dortmund before signing for the Blues in 2008. A transfer to Tottenham Hotspur in January 2011 didn't appear to work out and David Moyes thrashed out a deal to loan his former player back from the Londoners a year later.

With Pienaar dazzling supporters but due to return to his parent club in the summer, an emotional goodbye at the end of the season left both parties hoping for a permanent reunion.

The matter was complicated further when Spurs sacked manager Harry Redknapp and brought in Andre Villas-Boas - a factor which delayed the transfer, according to Pienaar.

"There's always complications with a new manager coming in and you don't know what he wants from you," he said.

"But I made it clear to him when I went back. I told him that I wanted to leave before he was appointed. I said I would be a professional and train hard, but if the opportunity came up to go to Everton, I would take it with both hands.

"He understood and he wished me well."

With the Toffees finishing the 2011/12 campaign in scintillating form, the squad are set on matching such performances when the new term kicks off this month.

The Blues start their campaign at home to Manchester United on Monday 20 August and Pienaar hopes to hit the ground running.

"A good start is the main thing," he explained. "If we start well, I'm sure we've got the players to end well so it's just a matter of changing it around.

"We've got a strong team. If you see the way we finished last season, I think we were one of the best teams then. If we start like that, we've definitely got a chance of winning something and qualifying for Europe.

"It is important to get an understanding going as soon as possible, to make sure the team is functioning as a whole and get the points that will put us up there with the best teams."

Mitchell McCallonFavorite player, simply superb. I am a evertonian from Louisiana, BLEED BLUE!!! This year, the top four beckons! Lets get it, boys!!!

Friday 3rd August 07:41 Report Comment

stuart bryanbe good to see you in the royal blue again steven lets have a good start this time and get back in europe

Wednesday 1st August 21:40 Report Comment

Andrew PatrickNow let's keep hold of Baines and the rest! We won't start strong if we lose all our players at the last minute again!

Wednesday 1st August 20:54 Report Comment

Jonathan MaskellGlad to see Peanuts back, but 4.5 million for a player who done nothin at tottenham after we sold him to them for 3 million! Levy is defo no mug!

Wednesday 1st August 18:55 Report Comment

keith porterwelcom back steven...

Wednesday 1st August 16:41 Report Comment

Tony FitzWelcome back to our great club Peanuts. God IS great! Great job by Moysie and the board.Happy days. IMWT!!!

Wednesday 1st August 15:49 Report Comment

William NussbaumI'm pumped up this guy is back with us! The club has done what is necessary to sustain the success it enjoyed at the end of last season! Let's have a great start!

Wednesday 1st August 12:29 Report Comment


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