Attacking Football Sold Pienaar To Spurs

Tottenham new boy Steven Pienaar is confident he has the mental strength to fight for a starting place and firmly believes Spurs are capable of winning something this season. The 28-year-old South Africa midfielder completed his move to White Hart Lane, signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with the north London club to leave Everton for a £3million fee. Pienaar knows he has his work cut out trying to pin down a regular spot in Tottenham's talented midfield, but is relishing the challenge ahead of this weekend's Premier League trip to Newcastle.

He told Spurs TV Online, "I am delighted to be here. For me personally, I want to make sure I work hard and fight for a starting place in the team. I know it won't be easy but I am mentally strong to do that. As for the team, we are not far off first place in the Premier League so I think we've got a good chance to go all the way and win a trophy this season. When you look at the way the team has been playing, they are really serious challengers for the cups, while the run in the Champions League has made a lot of people change their minds about Spurs. I hope to bring a lot of energy, creativity and of course hard work to the team. I always put the team before myself and I think that's important as a player."

The switch sees him link up with his former Ajax team-mate Rafael van der Vaart and international colleague Bongani Khumalo - the 24-year-old defender who sealed his move from Supersport United earlier this month. “The style of football is really important. I played with Rafa at Ajax and we played attacking football and I want to be in a team that plays attacking football that is exciting for the supporters to watch. We were both young, but even then he was a really good player, he was my captain at Ajax and I’m happy with the way things have worked out for him so far. I am definitely looking forward to playing with him again. But not just Rafa, all the players here because the football is exciting, it makes me excited and I can’t wait. That is one of the reasons I decided to join Spurs," said Pienaar.

Pienaar chose Tottenham ahead of Chelsea after Everton accepted bids from the two London clubs, and claims it was an easy decision. He added, "I have played a few times against Spurs and I know the club have a big following in South Africa so, for me, being from there, it was an easy choice to make. Bongani is a young player, a very intelligent footballer and I think as time goes on he will develop and become a good centre-back, hopefully as good as Lucas Radebe was. Everyone in South Africa and me personally as well think he will be the future captain of the national team so let's hope everything goes according to plan for him."

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