Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has urged Tom Cleverley to stay at the club beyond the end of the season to continue helping him with his rebuilding project, according to the Daily Star.
The Villa boss has revealed that he has sat down with the on-loan Manchester United midfielder to explain his vision for continuing his revolution with the Midlands giants.
However, Sherwood is aware that he faces some significant competition to keep hold of the 25-year-old, but is hoping that he has done enough to convince him that his future lies at Villa Park.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez is still said to be keen on bringing him to Everton, having nearly snatched his signature from under Villa’s nose during the summer transfer window, but Sherwood believe he can turn the England international into a free scoring midfielder should he stay, having scored his first two goals for the club in his past two games.
“I’ve told him. Tom’s got a decision to make and we’re willing to wait until the end of the season for that,” Sherwood said.
“We’ve got a lot of hard work to be done like making sure we are safe first or it won’t be up for discussion.
“He’ll have a lot of options in the Premier League, He’s not going to want to join a team in the Championship.”