Manchester United will not be recalling Tom Cleverley from his Aston Villa loan spell, the Daily Mail have reported.
Cleverley joined Villa in September on a season-long deal, with the club having the option to make the move permanent for a reported £7 million fee.
According to the BBC, United had indicated that they would cancel the midfielder's spell if the option wasn’t exercised today, with Villa responding by declining their offer and instead deciding to wait until the summer to try to sign him on a free transfer when his Old Trafford contract expires.
However, the Mail have now reported that both teams have denied those rumours, and have confirmed that the England international will remain at Villa Park until the end of the season.
Cleverley, 25, has made 22 total appearances for Villa this season, although his performances have come in for criticism from fans, having failed to reignite his career following a difficult 18 months in Manchester.
Everton made an attempt to sign the Red Devils loanee in the summer, and a report from the Daily Star claimed earlier this month that he was ready to snub Paul Lambert’s side in favour of joining the Toffees at the end of the season.
Nevertheless, considering he hasn’t come anywhere close to rediscovering the form which saw him become a regular under Sir Alex Ferguson, Villa fans likely won’t be too disappointed to see him head elsewhere in the near future.