Bradford City joint-chairman Julian Rhodes disappointed in Tom Cleverley loan deal

Bradford chairman laments Cleverley loan
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Bradford City chairman Julian Rhodes reveals how Tom Cleverly's loan move to Aston Villa was bad news for his club.

Joint-chairman of Bradford City Julian Rhodes has revealed his disappointment in Tom Cleverley's temporary move from Manchester United to Aston Villa.

Cleverley's former club were in line for a windfall had the midfielder sealed a permanent move away from Old Trafford, and Rhodes is fearful that Cleverley will now run down his United contract and leave on a free.

"He's only got a year left in his contract and you do worry he will run that down and leave for nothing in the summer," Rhodes told the Telegraph and Argus.

"[Co-chairman] Mark Lawn and I were doing cartwheels when it looked like the deal would go through for £7.5m. I found out the following morning they had resurrected something with Villa but got nervous when I heard it was only a loan.

"I don't think Villa ever had a problem with making it permanent but Tom wanted better personal terms. I'm not sure how that will get resolved in January. They have an option to buy him then but I assume the same obstacles will be in the way."

Cleverley's new teammate Ashley Westwood believes that moving to Villa was the right move for the 25-year-old former England international.

Tom Cleverley of Manchester United celebrates as he scores their thrid goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on December 15, 2013
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