I don't get all this crap about wanting to 'win things' and 'having ambition' or wanting to play champions league. All this stuff is trotted out so regularly that people just accept it. It's like this myth that only the best make it because they have some insatiable desire to be the best. Bullshit.
Pienaar seems to have settled in a country and city. He gets paid loads for kicking a ball around with his mates. What more do these freaks want?
I'm actually not arsed anymore. Pienaar's scoring record is pathetic. True he is a nice player to watch and puts a shift in blah blah blah. I would like us to play him centrally and see what he can do. And despite all this I would still rather he stayed.
His goalscoring record is disappointing, but hardly pathetic... FFS, everybody else in the squad has been banging them in regularly for years haven't they... ?
Being "a nice player to watch" (ie creative) and
putting in a shift (plus often covering the "shift" of some of his teammates) counts for a hell of a lot with me, as it does with most fans I'm sure. He's been our most consistent performer for a few seasons now, hardly missed a game (he must do his own thing in training, thank God
), and is obviously passionate about his football, and football in general, which is why I tend to believe him a lot more than most when he talks ambition. He's pretty much been nothing but refreshingly honest since the contract issue first came up (the best part of two years ago now?). That also counts for a lot. He'll be sorely missed.