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Tom Cleverley has stated his delight at securing a loan move to Aston Villa from Manchester United.
Centre midfielder Cleverley, aged 25, has penned a season long loan deal at Villa Park, with the Birmingham based club gaining clearance from the Premier League to complete the deal a day late.
The Basingstoke born midfielder was deemed surplus to requierments at United, and joins a list of players who have left Old Trafford in the previous few days, with the likes of Shinj Kagawa, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck all leaving for pastures new.
Villa beat off competition from Everton to land the out of favour Manchester United midfielder, with Paul Lambert’s side having the choice to make the move permanent at the end of the season, should they wish to do so.
Cleverley admitted his delight to the club’s official website, and stated that working with former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane was a big pull in the decision to join the second City club.
“The prospect of working under the manager and Roy, who were both fantastic midfielders in their playing careers, made the decision to come to Villa an easy one,” explained the 25-year-old England international.
“I’m looking forward to working with them but also the other really good midfield players that the club have, like Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood and other new lads like Kieran Richardson, Joe Cole and Carlos Sanchez.”
The new Villa recruit was also impressed at Villa’s start to the new Premier League campaign, with Paul Lambert’s side collecting seven points out of a possible nine so far.
“I’ve been watching Villa games this year and it’s been a really good start and, with the upcoming fixtures all big games, hopefully I can bring a bit of big game experience and add to the squad and help us to win some games.
“It’s a team that plays the style of football that I like. They play with high energy, they pass and move and there are a lot of good young players. The manager told me the way that he’d like me to play and it all sat perfectly for me. I’m very happy to be coming down to play for Villa.”
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert also stated his delight at the loan signing: Tom brings big game experience to the club, he’s played international football for England and he still has great potential to kick on in his career.
“There’s a lot of good football ahead of him if he performs the way we think he can perform and we’re delighted to have been able to bring him in to join the group.
“Allied to the players we had brought in already during the window as well as the strong start we’ve made to the season, this is another good step forward and we want to continue to build on our progress into the season.”
Cleverley made 22 appearances at United last season.
By Ben Reardon