Cleverley: Everton The Full Package

Tom Cleverley says Everton ticked all the boxes a player looks for when switching to a new club.

The England international explained that the combination of an illustrious history, a passionate fanbase, a talented squad and an ambitious manager was impossible to resist.

Cleverley, 25, will link up his new teammates for pre-season training next week after officially joining the Club today on a five-year deal.
 
He reportedly turned down the advances of several other clubs in favour of a move to the Blues and to be reunited with manager Roberto Martinez, with whom the England international worked at Wigan Athletic during a successful season-long loan spell in 2010/11.
 
“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.
 
“I think Roberto is a great manager and I'm massively looking forward to working with him again. 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.

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“[The move] happened quite quickly, but he told me about how passionate the fans are here and about the young players who play high-energy football like myself, so hopefully I can fit right in with the squad.
 
“It's difficult to think about targets so soon, but it's a club that can definitely be fighting towards that top six and hopefully go on a good cup run, which was something I was lucky enough to experience [last] year.”
 
Cleverley is also delighted the 2015/16 Premier League campaign will begin with a home outing.
 
After playing at Goodison with three different clubs - Wigan Athletic, Manchester United and Aston Villa - he says he is now looking forward to experiencing the stadium as an Everton player when Watford visit Merseyside on 8 August.
 
“Playing at Goodison Park is something that excites me,” he added. “I've always said it's one of the hardest places to come as an away player because it creates one of the best atmospheres, especially when the team is on top. 
 
“I’ve always enjoyed playing there. It's one of those really exciting grounds and I'm genuinely excited to be here.”

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