The 25-year-old, who will wear the No.15 jersey vacated by Sylvain Distin next season, arrived at Goodison Park this summer on a free transfer after being told he was surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
Aston Villa were keen to keep hold of him after seeing that impact he had during a season-long loan with the Midlanders last season but Cleverley was excited to link up with Roberto Martinez again, five years after playing for him on loan at Wigan Athletic.
"I've got no regrets whatsoever (about leaving United)," Cleverley told ESPN FC. "Louis van Gaal was always very honest with me which is the most that you can ask as a player.
"I spent 13 years there and it's been a massive part of my life. There were plenty of ups and downs and winning trophies, which I will never forget. They were some of the best days of my life and I will always look back with fond memories."
"It's exciting times for their club and I wish them all the best, but I'm concentrating on Everton now.
"I've worked with Roberto Martinez before and was excited to get back with him," Cleverley continued.
"Everton have got a great squad with great fans and a lot of history so it was a decision that was easy to make to come here."
The midfielder also reveals that Martinez feels he can contribute on the goals front this coming season even if he isn't yet clear on the exact role he will be asked to fill initially.
“I think he knows that I am versatile,” Cleverley says in the Liverpool Echo. “I've played centre-mid, I played out wide and I played in a diamond for Villa and I played central midfield at Swindon on Saturday and I enjoyed it but we've not talked too tactically yet.
“But I know he thinks I can score five to 10 goals a season and I need to show everyone that again.”
“I got my confidence back in front of goal towards the end of the season and hopefully I can get into those forward positions more and more and get back scoring five to 10 games a season.”
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1 Posted 14/07/2015 at 20:05:30
2 Posted 14/07/2015 at 20:06:49
Howard (last chance for a consistent season)
Coleman Jagielka Stones Baines
Deulofeu Cleverley Pienaar
Cleverley can sit back when he needs to and push on when he can. Baines and Pienaaar on their day are awesome. Barkley is going to have an awesome season but as Number 10 he has a bit of freedom to make the odd mistake. Delboy hopefully matured and got a little more discipline to help out Coleman. Subs: the rest!!!
We obviously need a back up CB and Striker
3 Posted 14/07/2015 at 20:13:38
I'd say give him a break and let's see what he can do, a bit of fair play wouldn't go a miss for once.
4 Posted 14/07/2015 at 20:13:40
I openly admit that I didn't want Tom but your assessment is totally wrong and unfair in my opinion.
Good luck Tom Cleverley at the People's Club!
5 Posted 14/07/2015 at 20:24:56
Time will tell with Cleverley but I'd check your medication if you think he will be winning us any league titles!
6 Posted 14/07/2015 at 20:34:58
I'd have to say that Mirallas should be any starting line up!
8 Posted 14/07/2015 at 20:39:37
Oh yes... the famous Idrissa Gueye, who everybody has heard of! I forgot, Sherwood must be right!
9 Posted 14/07/2015 at 20:41:37
It was a tough call but Pienaar on his day creates so much more and gets us lots of deadball situations plus he works well with Baines. Mirallas is quality but not a team player at times. Loses the ball too much; on his day, he is brilliant; not on his day... a passenger!!
Why are we writing a player off and he hasn't even kicked a ball for us? We have had a good few players sign for us who we all questioned but turned out to be quality buys in terms of their contribution..... and he was free.
We would all love a Cazorla or Silva type player but it ain't gonna happen unless Martinez unearths a gem from somewhere .... they are either 㿀 million plus or wanted by clubs that are better than us across Europe.
10 Posted 14/07/2015 at 20:54:17
This having a pop at players before they have even kicked a ball in anger for us is starting to get very tiresome.
11 Posted 14/07/2015 at 21:06:58
However, for what its worth, I agree with you.
Many say we need defenders. I say give Browning, Galloway and Garbutt (if not loaned out), their heads and play them. Develop now so they can replace comfortably when Jags and Baines have done their bit. We always have Hibbo and Oviedo so why buy?
12 Posted 14/07/2015 at 22:40:55
He was terrible for them for most of last season because he was in a dreadful team and made it clear he actually wanted to play for our football team. Tim Sherwood came in, played to his strengths and made him an integral part of their survival push. In fact, he was one if their best players, scoring 3 goals in 3 games if I remember right. They would have loved to have kept him.
Are you surprised that young men, earning tens of thousands a week, can sometimes lose perspective when they're sent out on loan to a terrible team after specifying who they wanted to move to? Do you think these guys are robots? Cleverley has expressed a desire to play for Roberto Martinez, who despite this forum is the manager of Everton FC.
He was good enough for Alex Ferguson, he looked the part under Tim Sherwood and he wants to play for our club. Get behind your team and the players or sod off with your negativity! It's getting extremely boring.
Good luck to you, Tom, and I hope you see your best years at our wonderful football club.
13 Posted 14/07/2015 at 22:43:48
Only time will tell if Idrissa is the "class box-to-box midfielder" you claim him to be. One thing for sure -- Cleverley is not a Villa cast-off, as he was never their player to begin with.
Tom played his best football under Martinez, good enough for Fergie to give him a pivotal role at Man Utd.
I'm not overwhelmed by this signing, but I'm very happy to get him on a free -- especially considering the going rate for young(ish) English internationals these days.
How's about getting behind the lad and giving him the chance. We go on about saving money by taking a gamble on one of our young lads in the hope that they prove themselves. Cleverley is already at a decent level, with plenty of experience, and potential to push on (and cost next to nothing).
Everton could be the perfect match for him to excel, and vice-versa.
14 Posted 14/07/2015 at 22:56:57
16 Posted 15/07/2015 at 01:15:48
17 Posted 15/07/2015 at 02:53:44
18 Posted 15/07/2015 at 04:39:28
Also, note his clever movement off the ball. Dragging people away to make room for team-mates. I hope we can use him in the Lampard position.
19 Posted 15/07/2015 at 10:16:56
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