Tom Cleverley admits he could join Aston Villa permanently

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Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley has admitted that he can see himself joining the West Midlands outfit on a permanent basis from Manchester United following a good start to his loan spell at Villa Park.

The England international, who joined Villa on a season-long loan deal at the end of the summer transfer window, could complete a £7.5 million permanent move to the Premier League outfit should manager Paul Lambert decide to give the green light.

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Cleverley open to leave United

And it appears that Cleverley may follow his former teammate Danny Welbeck’s lead, but seeking pastures new away from Old Trafford.

“[Aston Villa] is a classy club,” Cleverley revealed in an interview with 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?"

Cleverley clarifies scapegoat comments

Cleverley was often targeted by Manchester United fans who felt the midfielder was under-performing - particularly last season - and the Red Devils’ faithful were angered further when he told reporters that he felt he had been made a scapegoat for the team’s failings.

However, the £70,000-a-week central midfielder clarified those comments in his latest interview, and is now keen to just look to the future following a difficult couple of years.

"As a team, individually we weren't good enough last year,” the 25-year-old added. “I’m not going to say I was a scapegoat because we all got criticism. That's not something I look back on. It has made me a stronger person. I am just looking forward now.

“Every footballer wants the best opportunity to play and I felt like it was here. I don't see this as a backward step at all. I see this as getting back to basics, playing every week and pushing on from here."

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