Former Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley rejected an offer from Arsenal before completing a move to Everton.
This has been reported by the Liverpool Echo, who claim that the lure of working under Merseyside chief Roberto Martinez again swayed his decision after becoming a free agent.
Cleverley, of course, starred out on loan at Villa Park last season, playing a key role in helping Aston Villa avoid the drop from the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final, but he will now look to continue his development at Everton over the coming years.
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It appears, though, he could have joined Arsene Wenger's side, but opted to snub them in favour of a move to Goodison Park.
And Cleverley has hailed his new manager, insisting that he's delighted to be working under him at Everton, as the club go in search of improvement after last season's indifferent campaign.
The former Manchester United man stated: “I think Roberto is a great manager and I’m massively looking forward to working with him again,” said the England international. “We obviously had a year at Wigan together that I really enjoyed. He knows me and he knows how I like to play, so hopefully we can hit it off again come the start of the season.
“I’m delighted to be joining because it’s a fantastic club. There is an all-round package with the history of the club, the great players that are currently here, the manager and the fans. It’s definitely the club I wanted to play for.
“[The move] happened quite quickly, but he told me about how passionate the fans are here and about the young players who play high-energy football like myself, so hopefully I can fit right in with the squad."
In fact, Cleverley has insisted that he hopes to help the club return to Europe in the near future, but doesn't want to set targets too soon after his move.
He continued by saying: “Getting back into Europe is definitely something I’m thinking about. European football is something clubs this size deserve to be in and I’ve had good experiences in Europe in the past, so hopefully there is more to come at Everton.
“It’s difficult to think about targets so soon, but it’s a Club that can definitely be fighting towards that top six hopefully go on a good cup run, which was something I was lucky enough to experience this year.”
Well, if the Liverpool Echo is to be believed and Arsenal really did offer Cleverley a new deal, then it may well come as a surprise to some that he snubbed the Gunners.
But, he has probably made the right decision. At Everton, under Martinez, the ex-Manchester United man will play week in, week out and will no doubt prove a valuable member of the side immediately.
There's no doubt about it, at Old Trafford, the stage was slightly too big for the England international, but he certainly has a great deal of ability. At the end of the day, numerous managers, including the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Roy Hodsgon and Co. have shown faith in the now Everton man, so expect him to thrive at Goodison Park for the foreseeable future.
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