Aston Villa loanee Tom Cleverley has given the clearest indication yet that his Old Trafford career is over after putting his custom made Manchester United watch up for sale.
The Metro reports that the 25-year-old midfielder passed the Hublot watch - which has Cleverley's name and Red Devils squad number engraved on the back - to a well respected pawnbroker in Blackpool, who proceeded to post pictures of the unique timepiece on various social media platforms.
Advertised for a mouth-watering £17,500, Cleverley's intention to get rid of the club memento suggests that he's come to terms with the fact that he has no long-term future at Manchester United, having been loaned out to Villa Park by Louis van Gaal during the summer transfer window.
With less than 12 months remaining on his £70,000-a-week contract, it's unlikely that the fringe England international will be offered an extension to his current deal, no matter how much he impresses during his time in the west Midlands.
The arrival of fellow midfielders like Ander Herrera, Daley Blind and Angel di Maria have pushed Cleverley further down the first-team pecking order at Old Trafford, after failing to convince the new Red Devils manager that he has the necessary quality to succeed at the club.
His decision to link up with Paul Lambert and former Manchester United captain Roy Keane at Villa was seen as a sensible move for a player desperate to rediscover his best form, following a disappointing 2013/14 campaign under the tutelage of David Moyes.
Cleverley became an undeserved target for heavy criticism from frustrated supporters, and in many ways was made a scapegoat for the team's disastrous displays last season, which resulted in a lowly seventh place finish in the Premier League.
At Villa Park, the midfielder has already enjoyed a significant upturn in form, featuring in five of Aston Villa's eight Premier League matches, and earning praise from his manager, team-mates and supporters alike following his industrious displays in the middle of the park.
However, his move south to the Midlands is only a temporary switch at present having agreed an initial season-long loan deal. But, if Cleverley keeps on turning in the type of performances he has so far, then Lambert will surely attempt to secure the player's long-term future.
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