Pirates chairman Khoza yet to contact me this year, says Chiefs target Pienaar

The 62-capped South African creative midfielder disclosed that Bucs chairman Irvin Khoza is yet renew his interest in his services

Reported Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates target Steven Pienaar says he wants to play at a club where he will feel loved.

The 35-year-old midfielder will be a free-agent when his contract with English Premier League (EPL) club Sunderland AFC expires at the end of this month.

His former teammate at Ajax Cape Town and current goalkeeper Bidvest Wits Moeneeb Josephs recently urged Pirates to sign Pienaar.

“Obviously Moeneeb knows I’m a Pirates fan. When he was still playing at Pirates I always used to shout at him when they lost‚” Pienaar was quoted on Times Live.

“He knows how passionate I am about the club. And‚ yeah‚ for him to speak so much about it‚ he knows where I come from. My career is coming to an end. Your last two years you want to play at a club where you feel loved," he continued.

“A club where you want to be there. It’s not like you’re playing where you just want to finish. I want to go to a club where I’m welcome‚ where I can play here (in SA) and finish in a nice way.”

Pienaar, who also played for Ajax Amsterdam and Borussia Dortmund, says he was disappointed to see Pirates struggle during the 2016/17 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.

“They’ve got quality in the team. Somehow it just doesn’t work out. But I can’t give my opinion on that. From a supporters’ side it’s as disappointing for me as all the other supporters," he added.

“But it is a big club. And obviously if you get an opportunity to play for a big club‚ any player will take it. But‚ like I said‚ I’m just a supporter. I haven’t spoken to the chairman (Irvin Khoza) this year. We’ll see what will happen," Pienaar explained.

“If it’s any club in South Africa‚ like I say‚ if I feel loved in that place then I’ll take that opportunity.”

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The former Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, who is represented by Rob Moore, went on to state that the EPL will definitely not be an option.

“Yeah‚ I’m done. I told myself last season would be my last. But I can say that I played for 10 years in the Premier League. That’s an achievement on its own," he stressed.

“All the other stuff about the clubs‚ I leave that up to my agent to deal with. I told him‚ ‘I’m with my family – when you have something call me’," Pienaar concluded.