TIM SHERWOOD has urged Tom Cleverley to stay and play in his Aston Villa revolution.
Villa boss Sherwood has sat down with the on-loan Manchester United star and explained his vision for the club.
Villa face stiff competition to hang on to the England midfielder from Everton when his contract runs out at the end of the season
But Sherwood is hoping he’s done enough to convince the 25-year-old something big is going on at Villa Park.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez still wants Cleverley after almost snatching him from under Villa’s noses late on transfer deadline day last summer.
Cleverley has scored twice in the last two games and Sherwood is convinced he can be a free-scoring midfield sensation next season, if he agrees to stay.
Sherwood said: “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.
“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.”
Sherwood is also hoping to persuade Dutch international centre half Ron Vlaar to stay put.
Vlaar will be a free agent at the end of the season but has already admitted he could be persuaded to sign on again.
But he has quashed notions of any rift after losing the captain’s armband to Fabian Delph.
Vlaar said: “I did the job with honour and pride for nearly three years and I gave everything - but I still give everything.
“It doesn’t matter whether I wear the armband or not. I would still have liked to do the job but it doesn’t make a difference to me.
“I haven’t been fit for most of the season which has been frustrating and when I came back into the team Fabian was captain, and that’s no problem.”
“He has grown as a leader and he’s the right person for the job. But it’s not about me or about Fabian being captain. It’s about the team.”