Tom Cleverly has recently stated that he is happy to stay at Aston Villa and will most likely sign a permanent deal should Aston Villa offer him a contract. Cleverley has become a transformed man under Tim Sherwood, not only has the midfielder scored 3 goals in his last 3 games. But his energy and determination has made Aston Villa’s midfield exceptionally solid in the last few games. Whether it’s due to Delph’s influence or Tim Sherwood’s, Cleverley can be proud that he is finally a wanted man after a shaky start to the season.
“I’m playing my football with a massive smile on my face and enjoying myself here,” he said.
“We’ve got a great group of lads and I’m getting on well with the manager so those are all factors that show I’m happy.
“I’ve really grown to like playing for this club in the last few months and this manager has got to be given credit for getting me where I’ve been in the last few weeks,”
“This club ticks all the boxes so we’ll see what happens.
“First of all the club have to offer me something.
“I don’t think any Premier League players are going to be short of a quid or two so I think you’ve just got to be happy first and foremost and I am at this club so let’s just see where we go from there.” – Tom Cleverly
Cleverley will not be shy of suitors once his Manchester United contract expires on June 30th. Everton and Arsenal have been linked, whilst German club Wolfsburg have been strongly linked with Cleverley in the past few days. But Cleverely’s comments are encouraging, it shows faith and loyalty to the club that has given him a chance, a platform to display his talents. Apparently, Cleverley’s with is to feature for the England National Team again, and he can get that chance at Aston Villa since he is playing regular football. No other midfielder has made more appearances or had more game time than Cleverley.
I for one would be happy to see Cleverley stay at Aston Villa. That might not have been the case during Paul Lambert’s reign, but under Sherwood, he is a quality midfielder and one that both fans and Tim Sherwood want to keep for the future.
Around the Villa camp, rumours have been building that Ron Vlaar may too sign a new contract. This might be based on whether or not Vlaar receives interest elsewhere or if Villa win the FA Cup and land a spot in the Europa League. There are still question marks surrounding Benteke, but most Villa fans believe he will definitely stay for another year should Villa make Europe, if not sign a new deal. Fans want to see players follow Delph’s example and sign a new long-term contract. It’s certainly nice to see, after years of Villa being a selling club and playing in mediocracy.