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Saturday 20 December 2014

Pienaar relishes Rafa link-up

Steven Pienaar
Steven Pienaar

Tottenham winger Steven Pienaar is convinced he has joined a club going places and cannot wait to link up with old team-mate Rafael van der Vaart again.

The 28-year-old headed to White Hart Lane for a fee reportedly around £2.5million after he failed to agree personal terms with Chelsea. The South Africa midfielder, who could make his debut at Newcastle on Saturday once international clearance is confirmed, insists the future is bright as part of Harry Redknapp's squad.

"There is a great manager at this club and one of my team-mates with the national team plays here [Bongani Khumalo] and he told me about the club, that it is a big club, it is a club on the up that plays good football," Pienaar said to Spurs TV Online. "The style of football is really important. I played with Rafa [van der Vaart] at Ajax and we played attacking football."

He added: "I want to be in a team that plays attacking football that is exciting for the supporters to watch.

"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."

Pienaar added: "It will definitely be easier for me to settle in. I know the league and so I think I will feel at home. I am really looking forward to it and can't wait to join up with the team."

Pienaar, though, is not expecting to walk straight into a side which is still very much in the hunt for domestic and European honours.

"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," he said. "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."

Pienaar continued: "As for the team, we are not far off first place in the Premier League so I think we have 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."

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