Tuesday 02 September 2014
Tom Cleverley says the influence of manager Paul Lambert and his assistant Roy Keane at Aston Villa played a key role in his decision to sign for the club on a season-long loan.
The deal, which contains an option to make the deal permanent, was agreed on transfer deadline day, with official approval for the deal granted on Tuesday.
Tom Cleverley's passing accuracy was the best of any Manchester United player in the BPL last season
The 25-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, has made 55 Barclays Premier League appearances for United, while he also appeared 25 times in the competition during a loan spell with Wigan Athletic in 2010/11. He has scored six BPL goals in total.
"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," Cleverley told www.avfc.co.uk. "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."
Cleverley joins a club that have made an unbeaten start to the 2014/15 BPL campaign, with victories over Stoke City and Hull City and a draw with Newcastle United. They resume their Barclays Premier League campaign at Liverpool on Saturday, 13 September.
And he says he is eager to make his mark at Villa Park to boost his chances of earning a recall to the England squad.
"First and foremost I have got to get back playing and hopefully as a by-product of that I can get back in the England team," he added. "The thing I am concentrating on though is trying to come in and hit the ground running so I can help Aston Villa. Playing football is what matters most to me and I'm looking forward to getting back to what I know I can do. This is the kind of club where I can do that."