The 24-year-old midfielder eventually made a deadline-beating season-long loan move to Aston Villa and Martinez believes that Manchester United were reluctant to loan him to a rival club.
"I am a big admirer of Tom," the Catalan said yesterday. "That was an opportunity that we explored on the last day of the window but it couldn't happen for different reasons. I don't think there was just one aspect.
"It's the parent club that makes that decision. Maybe they just didn't want to send a player on loan to a club that is going to be challenging for things and finished above them last season, I don't know."
There have been suggestions that one of the reasons for United's refusal to do a deal with Everton was due to lingering bad blood between the two clubs after the Old Trafford club's pursuit last summer of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
Martinez brushed off those assertions, however, saying: "I don't think there is any bad feeling between the clubs. [Bill Kenwright] has a very good relationship with Manchester United and, as a football club, we are not carrying any sour grapes about anything.
"Our information was that the player wasn't available on loan, full stop. You can look at the table from last season and we finished fifth and they finished a bit lower, so from that respect you can understand.
"A situation with Cleverley came up that I was happy to explore. In the end it didn't work out."
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1 Posted 12/09/2014 at 07:35:47
2 Posted 12/09/2014 at 07:50:46
3 Posted 12/09/2014 at 07:59:48
Arteta and Pienaar are two examples of quality young players who lost their way. Cleverley was quality at Wigan and I think he could achieve his early potential if given the chance.
4 Posted 12/09/2014 at 08:38:32
5 Posted 12/09/2014 at 08:40:37
We will wait and pick him up on a free at the end of the season, that's all.
6 Posted 12/09/2014 at 08:31:37
On a general note on loans, last season we became the club highlighted for our loans and how it had helped us take a step up. This wouldn't have gone unnoticed by other clubs so no surprised the loans have been reduced with only chelski playing, but no surprise there with there new policy to get round fair play. Buy cheaper, play/loan out and sell for a profit.
7 Posted 12/09/2014 at 08:38:05
8 Posted 12/09/2014 at 08:54:03
I'm guessing they just couldn't get the money they wanted from us. Aston Villa had already offered a lot.
9 Posted 12/09/2014 at 09:22:57
There’ll be a niggle at the back of Woodward’s mind about the Fellaini / Baines affair and there’ll be more than a niggle in the back of Bill’s mind about Ferguson’s book. As much as Bill makes me despair, he had the buggers over a barrel and must quietly think to himself, "He who laughs last ..."
As to Cleverly, it strikes me he’s one of the arm-around-the-shoulder players and Don Roberto is the type who will and did get the best out of him.
10 Posted 12/09/2014 at 11:26:51
11 Posted 12/09/2014 at 12:05:17
12 Posted 12/09/2014 at 12:13:01
13 Posted 12/09/2014 at 12:43:21
14 Posted 12/09/2014 at 12:50:00
15 Posted 12/09/2014 at 13:23:45
17 Posted 12/09/2014 at 13:28:52
18 Posted 12/09/2014 at 13:19:33
In the end they had no choice but to loan him on deadline day as no other club was willing to shell out ٦m for him, or whatever the price was.
I for one am over the moon we didn't get him as he's completely average and wouldn't increase the quality of the squad. We've just spent the last year clearing out a ton of deadwood in the squad, it's too soon to start adding more.
Also, how many midfielders do we need ffs?? We have; Barry, Besic, McCarthy, Gibbo, Pienaar, Osman, Barkley, McGeady, Mirallas and even Oviedo can do a job in midfield. So that's at least TEN! IF we're going to sign another one, at least make it a quality creative attacking midfielder who can open up defences, not another average body just to 'beef up the squad'. If 10 still isn't enough(!), then give some of the youngsters a few mins here and there.
I feel quite strongly here. I just don't rate Cleverly at all and feel we dodged a bullet.
19 Posted 12/09/2014 at 13:51:44
20 Posted 12/09/2014 at 14:01:45
21 Posted 12/09/2014 at 14:04:21
22 Posted 12/09/2014 at 13:59:08
23 Posted 12/09/2014 at 14:22:01
24 Posted 12/09/2014 at 14:20:16
25 Posted 12/09/2014 at 14:33:30
26 Posted 12/09/2014 at 14:35:16
How refreshing from the days of Ferguson loaning us his cast-offs with patronising remarks.
Our season starts tomorrow. We now need a run of results to get us in and around the top 6.
27 Posted 12/09/2014 at 17:23:28
28 Posted 12/09/2014 at 18:06:59
29 Posted 12/09/2014 at 20:53:13
I totally agree, absolute dicks. Name-calling and verbally abusing someone who has a better job than them, and is far better at his job than they could ever be... pathetic.
I don't see a future for Tom at our club, but I wouldn't call him a poor player, the lad has obvious talent.
And as for all the people here getting on Osman's back, have you all forgotten his loyal service for the club? Have you all forgotten the great goals and assists he provided? You know it wasn't so long ago that most people here said he fully deserved his England call up and that it was long overdue, and he shall have many more to come!
Sigh... some people seem to lose all sense of perspective.
30 Posted 12/09/2014 at 21:09:07
Me personally, I donÂt get it myself. What IÂve seen of him, I honestly donÂt rate him. But, to be honest, I havenÂt seen that much. IÂll bet thereÂs fans of other clubs who love Osman but he gets his fair share of criticism on this site and god knows why.
But, as myself and many before have said: ItÂs all about opinions!
31 Posted 12/09/2014 at 21:18:11
With "fans" like that, who needs the fans of your opposition?!
32 Posted 12/09/2014 at 21:29:20
33 Posted 12/09/2014 at 21:59:09
And a 35-year-old Everton player went over to his own fans last season offering someone out over Twitter "Bantz".
Just saying like.
34 Posted 12/09/2014 at 21:48:07
So I wouldn't lose any sleep if I was Cleverley, Ferguson seemed to think he was decent and Martinez obviously does.
36 Posted 12/09/2014 at 22:11:38
I'm confident he will join us, on a free, in the summer.
37 Posted 13/09/2014 at 11:28:57
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