Tom Cleverley is enjoying his loan spell at Aston Villa and would ‘definitely’ consider a move to the Midlands club in a permanent deal.
Cleverley, 25, left Manchester United on loan this summer just after deadline day had finished after being given special compensation by the FA to complete his move in time.
He has since enjoyed a solid start to his spell at Villa alongside Fabian Delph and Ashley Westwood in midfield and is happy to consider the prospect of leaving United on a permanent basis.
“It’s a classy club,” Cleverley told The Telegraph.
“I’ve always come to Villa Park growing up as a kid to watch United in semi-finals and England games so I knew it was a big club.
“Could I stay here? Yeah definitely, I’m enjoying myself. We have a great midfield and I like working under the manager and Roy [Keane] so why not?”
Like Danny Welbeck, Cleverley was an academy graduate of United and had worked his way up to first team football but was unable to make as big an impact as he would have wanted.
Louis van Gaal let him leave on loan after making it clear he wasn’t part of his plans and that mindset is unlikely to change, so an exit for Cleverley is on the cards if the midfielder wants to find the regular first team football that will elude him at Old Trafford.
Under the watchful eye of Roy Keane, Cleverley has a strong mentor at Villa and may well start to show the consistency which he lacked at United. If he can do that, there’s every chance he’ll force his way back into the England set-up and enjoy a good career after life at United, so good luck to him if he does decide his future lies elsewhere.