By Harry Sykes
Tom Cleverley has revealed he wants to quit Everton and join Watford permanently.
The midfielder re-joined the Hertfordshire club in the January window on a loan deal that runs until the end of the season.
Cleverley had slipped down the pecking order under Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park and is delighted to be playing regularly again at Watford.
He admitted that the competition for places at Everton, which have been intensified by the £24million January signing of Morgan Schneiderlin and the emergence of teenager Tom Davies, is key to where his future lies in the summer.
“There’s obviously a lot of midfielders at Everton now, I’m really enjoying my football here (at Watford) and playing, we’re getting some good results, so hopefully I can be here for longer than that,” said Cleverley, as quoted by the Sky Sports website. “At the minute I’m just taking each game as it comes.”
Cleverley, 27, joined Everton on a free transfer in the summer of 2015 after his contract at boyhood club Manchester United had expired.
He has accumulated 42 appearances for the Merseysiders and was a regular under ex-manager Roberto Martinez but admits his performances under Koeman have been mixed.
“I had to play out on the left and sometimes I didn’t do myself justice out there,” added Cleverley to Sky Sports. “There were a couple of games I could pick out where I didn’t play my best football.
“But I’m enjoying it here [at Watford], playing central midfield and hopefully that can continue.”
Cleverley, a 13-times England international, started just four league matches for Everton this season as he found himself behind Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye in the battle for the central midfield slots in the team.
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