Steven Pienaar says Everton are being “unreasonable” in expecting him to wait until the end of the season to discuss a new contract.
Pienaar has made over 200 appearances in two separate spells at Everton, but the South Africa midfielder has missed much of this season with a thigh injury.
He is fully fit again now but has played only three times as a substitute in the Premier League and so is open to the idea of joining a Championship club on loan.
“I am really just looking for game-time at this stage of my career so in my current situation I wouldn’t mind dropping down to the Championship to help a club there until the end of the season,” Pienaar told KickOff.com. “That would be a great challenge.
“I still feel like I have got a lot to offer and at this stage of my career, what’s most important for me is playing games.”
Roberto Martinez said last week that a decision on Pienaar’s future would be left until the end of the season, but the 34-year-old feels that is “unreasonable” and is braced to leave Goodison Park in the summer.
“Waiting until the end of the season to hear whether or not Everton wish to extend my contract is unreasonable, I feel,” Pienaar said.
“It’s not the way I envisaged ending my career at a club that has been such a major part of my life.
“My representatives have tried a number of times, unsuccessfully, to get hold of the club to talk about my future and get some indication, so I remain in the dark.
“Obviously I need to keep my options open because I would still like to keep playing for another couple of seasons at least.
“I’m 100 percent fit and felt in good form when I played some games in January.
“I haven’t been in the squad for the last six weeks, I don’t know why, and obviously this is a concern for me. But that is the coach’s decision and I must respect that.”