Tom Cleverley relishing Everton challenge

Everton Roberto Martinez and Tom Cleverley

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Everton’s new midfielder Tom Cleverley says he is relishing the prospect of working under manager Roberto Martinez once again.

The former Manchester United playmaker, who was on loan at Aston Villa last season and help the Midlanders reach the FA Cup final, has decided to make the short move to Merseyside for a fresh start under Martinez.

Cleverley worked under the Spanish tactician during their time at Wigan Athletic and the England international has admitted Martinez again was a big reason for him joining the Toffees.

He told Everton TV: “I’m delighted to be joining because it’s a fantastic club.

“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.

“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.”

Having put pen to paper on a five-year deal, Cleverley will be hoping to end Everton’s long wait for silverware that stretches all the way back to the FA Cup in 1995.

Everton start their Premier League campaign on August 8 when they host promoted Watford at Goodison Park.

The Toffees are 1.67 to make a winning start to the season and 3.60 to draw while the Hornets are 5.00 for victory Merseyside.

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