Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley believes assistant manager Roy Keane’s tutelage can help him earn an England recall during his season-long loan from Manchester United.
A highly-regard prospect when coming up through the Old Trafford ranks, Cleverley made 79 appearances for United following his first-team debut in August 2011, but a lacklustre 2013-14 campaign saw him deemed surplus to requirements under new boss Louis van Gaal this summer.
Missing out on a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad for Brazil, the 25-year-old hasn’t returned to the setup since, but hopes that working with the Red Devils legend during his stint in the midlands can help get his once-promising international back on track and add to his 13 caps.
‘Roy is demanding. He’s trying to add things into my game that I know I can do,’ he told the Daily Star.
‘He’s pushing me to my limits and hopefully we can get that extra couple more per cent. When things need saying, he says them.
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‘At United you’re told to play the right way and sometimes last year maybe I was being too much of a perfectionist.
‘Sometimes you can take a few more risks which are needed to win games. That’s a side of my game which Roy and the manager [Paul Lambert] are getting back.’
Cleverley has been an ever-present in the Villa side since complete his dramatic post-deadline day move and, with the club reported to have the option to make his loan a £7.5 million permanent switch come January, his long-term future could well be in a claret and blue shirt.