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Aston Villa Boss Denies Contractual Obligation To Play Manchester United Loanee

The central midfielder has struggled to win admirers at Villa Park…

Paul Lambert has insisted that he is under no contractual obligation to play loanee Tom Cleverley when he is fit, according to the Mirror.

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Cleverley has been one of the first names on the teamsheet, starting 20 league games, for Aston Villa since joining on loan from Manchester United in summer.

The midfielder is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer but has failed to win many admirers in Birmingham, and he was subjected to ironic cheers when substituted this weekend against Chelsea.

There had been speculation in some circles that there was a clause in Cleverley’s loan stating that Lambert had to play him when fit, but he hit out at that suggestion, “I don’t pick it through that, it is nowhere near.”

“I don’t judge whether somebody is on loan – you try and pick a team you think will win a game.”

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