Tom Cleverley explains the thinking behind his decision to join Everton

Tom Cleverley

The midfielder is keen to link up with former manager Roberto Martinez once again.

Tom Cleverley has told the club’s official website that Everton's 'all-round package' was one of the reasons he was so keen to join the club.

The England midfielder agreed a deal to join the Blues on a free transfer from Manchester United last month, becoming the club’s first summer signing in the process.

He joins after spending last season on loan with fellow Premier League side Aston Villa, who were also keen to secure his services, but says the project put to him at Goodison Park was what convinced him that was the right place to go.

“I’m delighted to be joining because it's a fantastic club,” he exclusively told EvertonTv.

“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.”

Linking up with Martinez again

He is of course joining Roberto Martinez once again, with the Spaniard having had him on loan from United when in charge of Wigan Athletic.

Cleverley is looking forward to working with his former boss, and hopes they can hit it off again.

“I think Roberto is a great manager and I'm massively looking forward to working with him again,” he added.

“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.”

It is that relationship that Everton will be hoping works to their benefit, with the Spaniard arguably having given the midfielder the confidence to go and perform when they worked together last.

That was something Tim Sherwood also did when he took charge at Villa last season, with a noticeable improvement in form coming from Cleverley as a result. If Martinez can do the same again, then the Blues will have secured an excellent free signing for next season.

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