Cleverley chases Everton success

Everton confirmed last month that Cleverley would join the club when his contract with Manchester United expired on June 30.

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan with Aston Villa, who were keen to sign him permanently, but he instead opted to link up for the second time with Roberto Martinez, who he spent a loan spell working under at Wigan in the 2010-11 season.

“I???m delighted to be joining because it’s a fantastic club,” Cleverley told Everton TV in an exclusive interview.

“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.

“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 admitted the thought of playing regularly at Goodison Park was one of the reasons he decided to make the move to Merseyside.

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.”