Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar receives backlash from potential new fans after discussing future

Steven Pienaar

The South African is set to leave Everton on a free transfer this summer.

This summer could see plenty of players on their way out at Everton after a disappointing Premier League campaign. The club have several players whose contracts expire at the end of the season with Steven Pienaar being one of them.

Pienaar is one who looks likely to leave. Once a pivotal member of the Everton squad he has struggled in recent times with a string of injury concerns. When he came on for Everton in the Merseyside derby, which Everton lost 4-0, he looked off the pace and it seems his career at Goodison Park may be coming to an end.

Pienaar himself told Soccer Laduma in South Africa that he is open to a move back to South Africa in the summer:

“Yeah, that would be a dream come true.

“A lot of players want to play in the derby as it is a big stage. Those are the games why you play football... to play in front of a lot of people and show your talent.

“Like I said, if any of the clubs would give me the opportunity, I would love to play in South Africa.”

But his comments have seemingly not gone down well in his home country.

Pienaar has not been the most popular man in his home country ever since his early retirement from the South African national football team in October 2012.

The comments board on the article in which he admits a desire to head home is full of anti-Pienaar discussion. Most fans are suggesting he goes elsewhere or is now desperate after his tough time with injury and a lack of opportunities in Europe. The overwhelming feeling is that the Everton star would not be welcomed by everyone if he made the move home.

Here are some of the comments in question from fans from some of South Africa's biggest clubs ...

nicobucs Apr 21, 2016 12:20 PM

We don't need you please maybe it will be better to join Jomo.

mavenzula Apr 21, 2016 11:31 AM

You rejected us while we needed you most in Bafana bafana, come on just retire and eat your dollars we don't need you in our soweto derby.

Show Me Ur Numba Apr 21, 2016 09:50 AM

Go to pirates/swallows we don't need you at chiefs

Mawaza4BUCS Apr 21, 2016 08:33 AM

Poor marketing Pienaar. U r down n out now u wanna cum back in da country u abadoned years ago. Shame on u.

Charlie4Bucs Apr 21, 2016 06:59 AM

when you were still hot property you snubbed your own country... now you treating our league like a retirement village... go to hell Schillo

Wandile Mfanzile Apr 20, 2016 06:23 PM

he must go to Swallows,he is finished.no one is above Bafana Bafana

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