Everton star wants Pienaar stay

Pienaar has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park, but still has a year left on his contract at the Toffees.

Baines told the Liverpool Echo: “We’ve been texting each other. I’ve got a decent relationship with Steven and he’s been sending me his holiday pictures.

“It’s awkward discussing his future with him, because you want to leave him to it.

“But then at the same time I’m like my mate who is a season ticket holder and asks me what is happening.

“I start saying to him ‘What’s happening? Hurry up and get it sorted’. I’ve tried to get into him a few times about it and he just laughs it off.

“I am desperate for him to stay.”