Tom Cleverley has revealed that he's still in regular contact with Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, claiming that they still speak on the phone on a regular basis, reports the Telegraph.
Cleverley, who left Old Trafford to join Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal at the start of the campaign, is set to star in today's FA Cup final against Arsenal, and he's admitted that he often discusses all things football with his former United teammate.
With the player set to run out of contract in Manchester, it's seemingly unlikely that he will play alongside Rooney on the club scene anytime soon, but he will no doubt be hoping to play with him on international duty with England in the future.
Cleverley has been in terrific form of late, and will no doubt be hoping to feature for Roy Hodgson's side in the near future.
Rooney, of course, captains the Three Lions, too, and Cleverley has hailed him as the perfect skipper.
The Villa man stated: "He still rings me quite often. We’ve got a relationship off the field. I’ve not asked him for advice which direction I should go but he keeps in contact.
"We talk about football, the weekend’s games. He’s the perfect captain anyone could ask for.”
Today, of course, starring at Wembley, represents Cleverley's perfect opportunity to show just how far he has come since departing the Theatre of Dreams.
In recent weeks and months, the Villa man has been superb, both scoring and creating goals, so he will no doubt be hoping for a starring role against Arsenal this evening.
Against the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Co. it certainly won't be easy for him, but he has the ability to prove his credentials on the grandest stage.
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