English Premiership

Everton bemoan United conduct

2014-09-12 13:37
Tom Cleverley (File)

Cape Town - Everton coach Roberto Martinez has criticised Manchester United over the transfer dealings of midfielder Tom Cleverley.

The Mirror report that Martinez was left ruing Manchester United's decision not to allow Cleveley to move to Everton on deadline day.

Everton failed in a bid to bring Tom Cleverley to Goodison Park and were left frustrated after seeing the player make a loan move to Aston Villa.

Toffees' boss Martinez wanted Cleverley on loan but according to him Manchester United were only keen on moving the player on permanently.

"Our information was that the player wasn't available on loan full stop. It's the parent club that makes that decision," said Martinez. 

Martinez speculated that perhaps Manchester United were not interested in selling to a rival and a team that performed better last season.

"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." 

The Spanish manager has not ruled out making a second attempt for the player who he rates highly.

"But I will always be interested in Tom in terms of the experiences that I had with him. That will never change. I know the player inside-out but ten months in football is an eternity. Anything could happen in that time."

Martinz managed Cleverley during a successful stint at Wigan Athletic and despite the barrage of criticism Cleverley has had to endure, still thinks the player has plenty to offer. 

"I know he's a very intelligent footballer and I was surprised that a young English footballer had that tactical awareness at such a young age. I feel those kind of players get a lot better as they get older. They can experiment with the game in a different way."


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