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Everton skipper admits Pienaar must now make his own decision over Goodison stay

Phil Neville insists Everton have done everything they can to persuade Steven Pienaar to stay at Goodison Park. South Africa midfielder Pienaar was offered a new contract on Merseyside over the summer but has so far declined to sign amid speculation linking him with clubs abroad.

"To be fair to Steven he's got that hanging over him, but he keeps playing well for us," Neville told the Liverpool Echo.

"It would be a massive blow to lose him. He's such an influential character. But it happened to Joleon Lescott a few years ago and we didn't want him to move. It's happened to other big players. But we as players can't do anything about it.

"You can say to Steven every minute of every day that we don't want him to leave but at the end of the day it's his decision.

"He's from South Africa, he's played in Ajax, then Dortmund now he's been to Everton and had the happiest days of his career I think. The club wants him to stay, but there's not much else we can say.

"He's probably weighing up his options now and you just hope for our sake that he signs.

"I wouldn't want another player delving into it, if I was in this situation. It's between the manager, Steven and the chairman. It's just up to Steven to make the right decision now."

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