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Steven Pienaar says he had no regrets in joining Tottenham Hotspur despite only playing 12 times since moving to White Hart Lane in January.

Pienaar left Everton for £3 million but a groin injury has limited him to just two appearances this season.

Just over a week ago he told reporters that he was upset at “getting money for nothing” although he committed himself to stay at Tottenham.

And in an interview with The Independent he stated that he has no regrets in leaving Everton to join Spurs.

“Regrets? No, not at all,” he said.

“It has been a year of mixed feelings, and yes it has been a bumpy road, but hopefully I can make it a success.

“It has been a very hard decision to make. It was hard to leave Everton as club and Liverpool as a city.

“The people I had around me, the players, most of the supporters were very good to me, and I will always be grateful to them.

“It was hard to go, but in life you have to make decisions. I made this one as a footballer and as a human being, and I don’t have any regrets about what I chose to do. Not at all.”

Pienaar has spent a large part of his career in Europe, playing for Ajax and Dortmund before moving to Merseyside, and he says his experiences at both clubs, including being told he would never play again due to injury, will help him come back stronger for Spurs when he has recovered from injury.

“I had a tough time at Ajax,” he said.

“When I damaged my nerve, they said I’d never play again. I came back strong. I had a difficult spell at Dortmund, and I came back strong. Things like that help you appreciate the things that you do have.

“Being a footballer is only a short career. Having been through all of that helps me appreciate the time I am on the field. It drives you to fight for your place.

“I want to be part of this team, and I want to show I did not come here by mistake. I have come back twice already, and I will come back again.

“The Spurs fans have seen me play against them for Everton, so I do not have to show them what I can do.”

The South African also thanked his manager Harry Redknapp, adding : “He has been very supportive.”

Source: Goal

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