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How have Manchester United's Class of 92 fared as managers?

The news that Paul Scholes has held talks with Oldham over the vacant manager's job means the potential addition of a new feather in the cap of the Manchester United Class of 92's managerial prowess. But how have Sir Alex Ferguson's fledglings fared in positions of power? Ryan Giggs Having been appointed a player-coach at Manchester United in July 2013, Giggs then became interim manager when David Moyes was sacked the following April. He achieved a record of two wins, a draw and a defeat in the final four games of the 2013–14 season. Giggs was then appointed as Louis van Gaal's assistant manager when the Dutchman took charge for the following season but - despite many suggesting he would be a potential successor at the helm - he left the club when Jose Mourinho was announced as the new manager in July 2016. He has since been linked with a host of managerial roles, but has yet to make his next move. Paul Scholes Scholes held a coaching role at United for six months after his initial retirement in 2011, but he has largely steered clear of the dugout since reversing that decision and calling time on his playing career for a second time in 2013. He held a coaching position at United under Moyes and assisted Giggs during the Welshman's four-game spell as interim manager, but his only managerial stint came in January 2015 when he acted as Salford City caretaker manager alongside Phil Neville for their match against Kendal Town. Salford City won 2-1, giving Scholes a 100 per cent managerial winning record. Scholes been linked with different managerial roles since leaving Manchester United Credit: Action Images Nicky Butt Having retired from playing in 2011, Butt returned to Manchester United the following year as a reserve team coach. He was another Class of 92 alumnus who assisted Giggs during the Welshman's brief tenure as interim United manager in 2014 and has held the role of head of academy since November 2016. Gary Neville The bulk of Gary Neville's coaching experience has come with the England national side. He joined the coaching team in May 2012 and worked under Roy Hodgson for much of the next four years, while balancing his media duties. He was a surprise appointment to take charge as Valencia manager in November 2015, where he worked with his brother Phil. Valencia failed to win their first nine matches and he was eventually sacked the following March, having won just three of his 16 league games in charge and failing to keep a single clean sheet. Phil Neville   The younger Neville brother began his coaching career before he retired from the pitch, working with the England Under-21 squad throughout 2012 and 2013. He is yet to branch out on his own since retiring in 2013, holding a coaching role at Manchester United until 2014, acting as Salford City caretaker manager alongside Scholes for one match in 2015 and assisting his brother Gary at Valencia. The Class of 92 enjoyed considerable success as their careers advanced Credit: getty images David Beckham Don't be silly. He hasn't been a manager. Chris Casper An unfulfilled playing talent, who was forced to retire aged 24 after suffering a double leg fracture while playing for Reading, Casper's only managerial stint came at Bury where he took charge from 2005 to 2008. He then took up coaching roles at Bradford City and Grimsby Town before he was appointed Salford City's sporting director this summer. Simon Davies Wales international Davies failed to make the grade at Manchester United, playing the bulk of his career at lower league level and across the border in the Welsh top flight. He joined the Chester City coaching staff in 2006 and had two stints as caretaker manager over the next couple of years before he was given the role on a permanent basis in March 2008. He failed to last until the end of the year, dropped back down as a youth team manager at Chester and then moved to Manchester City in 2013. He served as Patrick Vieira's assistant with City's Elite Development Squad and has been in charge of the set-up since the Frenchman departed in December 2015. Mark Robins is currently at the Coventry City helm Credit: getty images Mark Robins Not quite fitting into the category of Class of 92 alumni (he came through the youth ranks with the club before leaving in 1992), Robins was one of the most successful of Sir Alex's initial batch of youngsters coined Fergie's Fledglings. He enjoyed a long playing career in the Football League and has managed a number of teams over the past decade, namely: Rotherham United, Barnsley, Coventry City, Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United and currently Coventry City. Kevin Pilkington The goalkeeper struggled for opportunities at Manchester United, instead playing the majority of his career at Mansfield Town and Notts County. He moved into his first coaching role as goalkeeping coach at Notts County in 2012, remaining at the club - where he was forced into emergency playing duties on more than one occasion - until September 2017 when he moved to take up the same position at Cambridge United.

How have Manchester United's Class of 92 fared as managers?

The news that Paul Scholes has held talks with Oldham over the vacant manager's job means the potential addition of a new feather in the cap of the Manchester United Class of 92's managerial prowess. But how have Sir Alex Ferguson's fledglings fared in positions of power? Ryan Giggs Having been appointed a player-coach at Manchester United in July 2013, Giggs then became interim manager when David Moyes was sacked the following April. He achieved a record of two wins, a draw and a defeat in the final four games of the 2013–14 season. Giggs was then appointed as Louis van Gaal's assistant manager when the Dutchman took charge for the following season but - despite many suggesting he would be a potential successor at the helm - he left the club when Jose Mourinho was announced as the new manager in July 2016. He has since been linked with a host of managerial roles, but has yet to make his next move. Paul Scholes Scholes held a coaching role at United for six months after his initial retirement in 2011, but he has largely steered clear of the dugout since reversing that decision and calling time on his playing career for a second time in 2013. He held a coaching position at United under Moyes and assisted Giggs during the Welshman's four-game spell as interim manager, but his only managerial stint came in January 2015 when he acted as Salford City caretaker manager alongside Phil Neville for their match against Kendal Town. Salford City won 2-1, giving Scholes a 100 per cent managerial winning record. Scholes been linked with different managerial roles since leaving Manchester United Credit: Action Images Nicky Butt Having retired from playing in 2011, Butt returned to Manchester United the following year as a reserve team coach. He was another Class of 92 alumnus who assisted Giggs during the Welshman's brief tenure as interim United manager in 2014 and has held the role of head of academy since November 2016. Gary Neville The bulk of Gary Neville's coaching experience has come with the England national side. He joined the coaching team in May 2012 and worked under Roy Hodgson for much of the next four years, while balancing his media duties. He was a surprise appointment to take charge as Valencia manager in November 2015, where he worked with his brother Phil. Valencia failed to win their first nine matches and he was eventually sacked the following March, having won just three of his 16 league games in charge and failing to keep a single clean sheet. Phil Neville   The younger Neville brother began his coaching career before he retired from the pitch, working with the England Under-21 squad throughout 2012 and 2013. He is yet to branch out on his own since retiring in 2013, holding a coaching role at Manchester United until 2014, acting as Salford City caretaker manager alongside Scholes for one match in 2015 and assisting his brother Gary at Valencia. The Class of 92 enjoyed considerable success as their careers advanced Credit: getty images David Beckham Don't be silly. He hasn't been a manager. Chris Casper An unfulfilled playing talent, who was forced to retire aged 24 after suffering a double leg fracture while playing for Reading, Casper's only managerial stint came at Bury where he took charge from 2005 to 2008. He then took up coaching roles at Bradford City and Grimsby Town before he was appointed Salford City's sporting director this summer. Simon Davies Wales international Davies failed to make the grade at Manchester United, playing the bulk of his career at lower league level and across the border in the Welsh top flight. He joined the Chester City coaching staff in 2006 and had two stints as caretaker manager over the next couple of years before he was given the role on a permanent basis in March 2008. He failed to last until the end of the year, dropped back down as a youth team manager at Chester and then moved to Manchester City in 2013. He served as Patrick Vieira's assistant with City's Elite Development Squad and has been in charge of the set-up since the Frenchman departed in December 2015. Mark Robins is currently at the Coventry City helm Credit: getty images Mark Robins Not quite fitting into the category of Class of 92 alumni (he came through the youth ranks with the club before leaving in 1992), Robins was one of the most successful of Sir Alex's initial batch of youngsters coined Fergie's Fledglings. He enjoyed a long playing career in the Football League and has managed a number of teams over the past decade, namely: Rotherham United, Barnsley, Coventry City, Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United and currently Coventry City. Kevin Pilkington The goalkeeper struggled for opportunities at Manchester United, instead playing the majority of his career at Mansfield Town and Notts County. He moved into his first coaching role as goalkeeping coach at Notts County in 2012, remaining at the club - where he was forced into emergency playing duties on more than one occasion - until September 2017 when he moved to take up the same position at Cambridge United.

How have Manchester United's Class of 92 fared as managers?

The news that Paul Scholes has held talks with Oldham over the vacant manager's job means the potential addition of a new feather in the cap of the Manchester United Class of 92's managerial prowess. But how have Sir Alex Ferguson's fledglings fared in positions of power? Ryan Giggs Having been appointed a player-coach at Manchester United in July 2013, Giggs then became interim manager when David Moyes was sacked the following April. He achieved a record of two wins, a draw and a defeat in the final four games of the 2013–14 season. Giggs was then appointed as Louis van Gaal's assistant manager when the Dutchman took charge for the following season but - despite many suggesting he would be a potential successor at the helm - he left the club when Jose Mourinho was announced as the new manager in July 2016. He has since been linked with a host of managerial roles, but has yet to make his next move. Paul Scholes Scholes held a coaching role at United for six months after his initial retirement in 2011, but he has largely steered clear of the dugout since reversing that decision and calling time on his playing career for a second time in 2013. He held a coaching position at United under Moyes and assisted Giggs during the Welshman's four-game spell as interim manager, but his only managerial stint came in January 2015 when he acted as Salford City caretaker manager alongside Phil Neville for their match against Kendal Town. Salford City won 2-1, giving Scholes a 100 per cent managerial winning record. Scholes been linked with different managerial roles since leaving Manchester United Credit: Action Images Nicky Butt Having retired from playing in 2011, Butt returned to Manchester United the following year as a reserve team coach. He was another Class of 92 alumnus who assisted Giggs during the Welshman's brief tenure as interim United manager in 2014 and has held the role of head of academy since November 2016. Gary Neville The bulk of Gary Neville's coaching experience has come with the England national side. He joined the coaching team in May 2012 and worked under Roy Hodgson for much of the next four years, while balancing his media duties. He was a surprise appointment to take charge as Valencia manager in November 2015, where he worked with his brother Phil. Valencia failed to win their first nine matches and he was eventually sacked the following March, having won just three of his 16 league games in charge and failing to keep a single clean sheet. Phil Neville   The younger Neville brother began his coaching career before he retired from the pitch, working with the England Under-21 squad throughout 2012 and 2013. He is yet to branch out on his own since retiring in 2013, holding a coaching role at Manchester United until 2014, acting as Salford City caretaker manager alongside Scholes for one match in 2015 and assisting his brother Gary at Valencia. The Class of 92 enjoyed considerable success as their careers advanced Credit: getty images David Beckham Don't be silly. He hasn't been a manager. Chris Casper An unfulfilled playing talent, who was forced to retire aged 24 after suffering a double leg fracture while playing for Reading, Casper's only managerial stint came at Bury where he took charge from 2005 to 2008. He then took up coaching roles at Bradford City and Grimsby Town before he was appointed Salford City's sporting director this summer. Simon Davies Wales international Davies failed to make the grade at Manchester United, playing the bulk of his career at lower league level and across the border in the Welsh top flight. He joined the Chester City coaching staff in 2006 and had two stints as caretaker manager over the next couple of years before he was given the role on a permanent basis in March 2008. He failed to last until the end of the year, dropped back down as a youth team manager at Chester and then moved to Manchester City in 2013. He served as Patrick Vieira's assistant with City's Elite Development Squad and has been in charge of the set-up since the Frenchman departed in December 2015. Mark Robins is currently at the Coventry City helm Credit: getty images Mark Robins Not quite fitting into the category of Class of 92 alumni (he came through the youth ranks with the club before leaving in 1992), Robins was one of the most successful of Sir Alex's initial batch of youngsters coined Fergie's Fledglings. He enjoyed a long playing career in the Football League and has managed a number of teams over the past decade, namely: Rotherham United, Barnsley, Coventry City, Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United and currently Coventry City. Kevin Pilkington The goalkeeper struggled for opportunities at Manchester United, instead playing the majority of his career at Mansfield Town and Notts County. He moved into his first coaching role as goalkeeping coach at Notts County in 2012, remaining at the club - where he was forced into emergency playing duties on more than one occasion - until September 2017 when he moved to take up the same position at Cambridge United.

How have Manchester United's Class of 92 fared as managers?

The news that Paul Scholes has held talks with Oldham over the vacant manager's job means the potential addition of a new feather in the cap of the Manchester United Class of 92's managerial prowess. But how have Sir Alex Ferguson's fledglings fared in positions of power? Ryan Giggs Having been appointed a player-coach at Manchester United in July 2013, Giggs then became interim manager when David Moyes was sacked the following April. He achieved a record of two wins, a draw and a defeat in the final four games of the 2013–14 season. Giggs was then appointed as Louis van Gaal's assistant manager when the Dutchman took charge for the following season but - despite many suggesting he would be a potential successor at the helm - he left the club when Jose Mourinho was announced as the new manager in July 2016. He has since been linked with a host of managerial roles, but has yet to make his next move. Paul Scholes Scholes held a coaching role at United for six months after his initial retirement in 2011, but he has largely steered clear of the dugout since reversing that decision and calling time on his playing career for a second time in 2013. He held a coaching position at United under Moyes and assisted Giggs during the Welshman's four-game spell as interim manager, but his only managerial stint came in January 2015 when he acted as Salford City caretaker manager alongside Phil Neville for their match against Kendal Town. Salford City won 2-1, giving Scholes a 100 per cent managerial winning record. Scholes been linked with different managerial roles since leaving Manchester United Credit: Action Images Nicky Butt Having retired from playing in 2011, Butt returned to Manchester United the following year as a reserve team coach. He was another Class of 92 alumnus who assisted Giggs during the Welshman's brief tenure as interim United manager in 2014 and has held the role of head of academy since November 2016. Gary Neville The bulk of Gary Neville's coaching experience has come with the England national side. He joined the coaching team in May 2012 and worked under Roy Hodgson for much of the next four years, while balancing his media duties. He was a surprise appointment to take charge as Valencia manager in November 2015, where he worked with his brother Phil. Valencia failed to win their first nine matches and he was eventually sacked the following March, having won just three of his 16 league games in charge and failing to keep a single clean sheet. Phil Neville   The younger Neville brother began his coaching career before he retired from the pitch, working with the England Under-21 squad throughout 2012 and 2013. He is yet to branch out on his own since retiring in 2013, holding a coaching role at Manchester United until 2014, acting as Salford City caretaker manager alongside Scholes for one match in 2015 and assisting his brother Gary at Valencia. The Class of 92 enjoyed considerable success as their careers advanced Credit: getty images David Beckham Don't be silly. He hasn't been a manager. Chris Casper An unfulfilled playing talent, who was forced to retire aged 24 after suffering a double leg fracture while playing for Reading, Casper's only managerial stint came at Bury where he took charge from 2005 to 2008. He then took up coaching roles at Bradford City and Grimsby Town before he was appointed Salford City's sporting director this summer. Simon Davies Wales international Davies failed to make the grade at Manchester United, playing the bulk of his career at lower league level and across the border in the Welsh top flight. He joined the Chester City coaching staff in 2006 and had two stints as caretaker manager over the next couple of years before he was given the role on a permanent basis in March 2008. He failed to last until the end of the year, dropped back down as a youth team manager at Chester and then moved to Manchester City in 2013. He served as Patrick Vieira's assistant with City's Elite Development Squad and has been in charge of the set-up since the Frenchman departed in December 2015. Mark Robins is currently at the Coventry City helm Credit: getty images Mark Robins Not quite fitting into the category of Class of 92 alumni (he came through the youth ranks with the club before leaving in 1992), Robins was one of the most successful of Sir Alex's initial batch of youngsters coined Fergie's Fledglings. He enjoyed a long playing career in the Football League and has managed a number of teams over the past decade, namely: Rotherham United, Barnsley, Coventry City, Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United and currently Coventry City. Kevin Pilkington The goalkeeper struggled for opportunities at Manchester United, instead playing the majority of his career at Mansfield Town and Notts County. He moved into his first coaching role as goalkeeping coach at Notts County in 2012, remaining at the club - where he was forced into emergency playing duties on more than one occasion - until September 2017 when he moved to take up the same position at Cambridge United.

League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City

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Andreas Christensen shows how Chelsea's loan system can pay off

According to Sten Christensen, Antonio Conte told Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo that his son Andreas was even better in the flesh than on television after the central defender’s first training session under the Italian this summer. Like most Chelsea fans, head coach Conte had only been able to keep up with Christensen’s progress via video highlights while the highly-rated Dane completed his two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Conte, who knows a good defender when he sees one, was encouraged by what he saw and Christensen has already made an even bigger impression since returning to Chelsea. But the acid test could arrive on Saturday. If, as Conte has suggested, he deputises for the suspended David Luiz against free-scoring Manchester City, Christensen will be only the fifth Chelsea academy graduate in nearly 15 years to start three or more Premier League games. City have netted five or more goals in each of their last three Premier League games, although Sergio Aguero will miss out after being injured in a car crash. Andreas Chistensen feels at home at Chelsea Credit: GETTY IMAGES Christensen is well versed on the dangers City pose, having played against them four times while at Monchengladbach. The Germans were drawn against the Manchester club in the Champions League in each of his two seasons out on loan. In those four games, Monchengladbach conceded 11 goals to City. But rather than fearing the prospect of facing their attacking might again on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, the experiences just whetted Christensen’s appetite to keep testing himself against the best. The 21-year-old can also take encouragement from the fact that in his last appearance against City, Monchengladbach managed a 1-1 draw. “It was great experience to play against City, they were big games,” said Christensen. “I haven’t got the best results against them yet, but, hopefully, that will now come. It was in the Champions League, I was a young player on loan. It was what I wanted and it was good for me, big games against the best players. “I was facing top strikers in the Bundesliga and that was a new thing for me then as well. It helped me to know what will hopefully come more often in the future and that’s something I’m looking forward to. I want to play against the top, top strikers.” Andreas Christensen playing for Moenchengladbach Credit: BONGARTS Chelsea’s army of loanees have understandably attracted scrutiny for many years now and further questions were raised this summer about the decisions to let Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek go and play elsewhere for the season. But Christensen is perhaps the perfect example of how young Chelsea players can benefit from going out on loan. Before joining Monchengladbach, he had made just three senior appearances for Chelsea since signing from Brondby in 2012 – in the League Cup against Shrewsbury Town, the FA Cup against Bradford City and as a substitute in the Premier League against Sunderland. But after two years away, Christensen returned to Chelsea with two full seasons of Bundesliga football with Monchengladbach under his belt and 11 Champions League appearances. Chelsea v Man City: Premier League match preview 01:56 Having played twice in the Champions League for Chelsea this season, Christensen has made two more appearances in the tournament than 23-year-old City defender John Stones, who Chelsea tried to sign two years ago. “Facing the strikers in the Bundesliga and two years in the Champions League as well, got me so much experience,” said Christensen. “And Chelsea kept looking after me, getting the videos and texting every week and every day about how I was doing. Eddie Newton and Paulo Ferreira did a great job with me. Chelsea loanees “But you have to take responsibility for yourself as well and do what is best for you. You can’t expect everything to be given to you and you have to perform when you get the chance. The club (Chelsea) could not have done any more than they did in terms of helping me on the right path.” It is not just football experience he gained, as Christensen added: “I was in digs at Chelsea until I went to Germany. That was my first experience of staying alone and I got my girlfriend over, so I grew up a bit. I was on my own, I had to wash my own clothes and look after myself. It was life experience.” Christensen and his father had made it clear that he only wanted to return to Chelsea if he was going to play football and the club made space for him by sending Kurt Zouma on loan to Stoke City. Any fears that the signing of Antonio Rudiger and interest in Virgil van Dijk were going to stifle his attempts to break into the Chelsea team were quickly eradicated by Conte. Andreas Christensen challenges for the ball with Peter Crouch Credit: PA Christensen said: “It was probably only before I went on holiday this summer, I thought about what would happen at Chelsea and if I’d get a chance, but the manager showed me he trusts me and he has a great passion for me to deliver.” Conte has been good to his word. Christensen has made eight appearances so far this season, four of which have been starts. “I’ve been involved pretty much from the start, so right now I’m happy,” said Christensen. “I’m getting a lot of playing time and I have to keep going and show I am entitled to more time. Right now, life is pretty good and I’m enjoying it.” Life will be even better if Christensen can notch a first victory over City in his fifth attempt.

Andreas Christensen shows how Chelsea's loan system can pay off

According to Sten Christensen, Antonio Conte told Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo that his son Andreas was even better in the flesh than on television after the central defender’s first training session under the Italian this summer. Like most Chelsea fans, head coach Conte had only been able to keep up with Christensen’s progress via video highlights while the highly-rated Dane completed his two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Conte, who knows a good defender when he sees one, was encouraged by what he saw and Christensen has already made an even bigger impression since returning to Chelsea. But the acid test could arrive on Saturday. If, as Conte has suggested, he deputises for the suspended David Luiz against free-scoring Manchester City, Christensen will be only the fifth Chelsea academy graduate in nearly 15 years to start three or more Premier League games. City have netted five or more goals in each of their last three Premier League games, although Sergio Aguero will miss out after being injured in a car crash. Andreas Chistensen feels at home at Chelsea Credit: GETTY IMAGES Christensen is well versed on the dangers City pose, having played against them four times while at Monchengladbach. The Germans were drawn against the Manchester club in the Champions League in each of his two seasons out on loan. In those four games, Monchengladbach conceded 11 goals to City. But rather than fearing the prospect of facing their attacking might again on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, the experiences just whetted Christensen’s appetite to keep testing himself against the best. The 21-year-old can also take encouragement from the fact that in his last appearance against City, Monchengladbach managed a 1-1 draw. “It was great experience to play against City, they were big games,” said Christensen. “I haven’t got the best results against them yet, but, hopefully, that will now come. It was in the Champions League, I was a young player on loan. It was what I wanted and it was good for me, big games against the best players. “I was facing top strikers in the Bundesliga and that was a new thing for me then as well. It helped me to know what will hopefully come more often in the future and that’s something I’m looking forward to. I want to play against the top, top strikers.” Andreas Christensen playing for Moenchengladbach Credit: BONGARTS Chelsea’s army of loanees have understandably attracted scrutiny for many years now and further questions were raised this summer about the decisions to let Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek go and play elsewhere for the season. But Christensen is perhaps the perfect example of how young Chelsea players can benefit from going out on loan. Before joining Monchengladbach, he had made just three senior appearances for Chelsea since signing from Brondby in 2012 – in the League Cup against Shrewsbury Town, the FA Cup against Bradford City and as a substitute in the Premier League against Sunderland. But after two years away, Christensen returned to Chelsea with two full seasons of Bundesliga football with Monchengladbach under his belt and 11 Champions League appearances. Chelsea v Man City: Premier League match preview 01:56 Having played twice in the Champions League for Chelsea this season, Christensen has made two more appearances in the tournament than 23-year-old City defender John Stones, who Chelsea tried to sign two years ago. “Facing the strikers in the Bundesliga and two years in the Champions League as well, got me so much experience,” said Christensen. “And Chelsea kept looking after me, getting the videos and texting every week and every day about how I was doing. Eddie Newton and Paulo Ferreira did a great job with me. Chelsea loanees “But you have to take responsibility for yourself as well and do what is best for you. You can’t expect everything to be given to you and you have to perform when you get the chance. The club (Chelsea) could not have done any more than they did in terms of helping me on the right path.” It is not just football experience he gained, as Christensen added: “I was in digs at Chelsea until I went to Germany. That was my first experience of staying alone and I got my girlfriend over, so I grew up a bit. I was on my own, I had to wash my own clothes and look after myself. It was life experience.” Christensen and his father had made it clear that he only wanted to return to Chelsea if he was going to play football and the club made space for him by sending Kurt Zouma on loan to Stoke City. Any fears that the signing of Antonio Rudiger and interest in Virgil van Dijk were going to stifle his attempts to break into the Chelsea team were quickly eradicated by Conte. Andreas Christensen challenges for the ball with Peter Crouch Credit: PA Christensen said: “It was probably only before I went on holiday this summer, I thought about what would happen at Chelsea and if I’d get a chance, but the manager showed me he trusts me and he has a great passion for me to deliver.” Conte has been good to his word. Christensen has made eight appearances so far this season, four of which have been starts. “I’ve been involved pretty much from the start, so right now I’m happy,” said Christensen. “I’m getting a lot of playing time and I have to keep going and show I am entitled to more time. Right now, life is pretty good and I’m enjoying it.” Life will be even better if Christensen can notch a first victory over City in his fifth attempt.

Andreas Christensen shows how Chelsea's loan system can pay off

According to Sten Christensen, Antonio Conte told Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo that his son Andreas was even better in the flesh than on television after the central defender’s first training session under the Italian this summer. Like most Chelsea fans, head coach Conte had only been able to keep up with Christensen’s progress via video highlights while the highly-rated Dane completed his two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Conte, who knows a good defender when he sees one, was encouraged by what he saw and Christensen has already made an even bigger impression since returning to Chelsea. But the acid test could arrive on Saturday. If, as Conte has suggested, he deputises for the suspended David Luiz against free-scoring Manchester City, Christensen will be only the fifth Chelsea academy graduate in nearly 15 years to start three or more Premier League games. City have netted five or more goals in each of their last three Premier League games, although Sergio Aguero will miss out after being injured in a car crash. Andreas Chistensen feels at home at Chelsea Credit: GETTY IMAGES Christensen is well versed on the dangers City pose, having played against them four times while at Monchengladbach. The Germans were drawn against the Manchester club in the Champions League in each of his two seasons out on loan. In those four games, Monchengladbach conceded 11 goals to City. But rather than fearing the prospect of facing their attacking might again on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, the experiences just whetted Christensen’s appetite to keep testing himself against the best. The 21-year-old can also take encouragement from the fact that in his last appearance against City, Monchengladbach managed a 1-1 draw. “It was great experience to play against City, they were big games,” said Christensen. “I haven’t got the best results against them yet, but, hopefully, that will now come. It was in the Champions League, I was a young player on loan. It was what I wanted and it was good for me, big games against the best players. “I was facing top strikers in the Bundesliga and that was a new thing for me then as well. It helped me to know what will hopefully come more often in the future and that’s something I’m looking forward to. I want to play against the top, top strikers.” Andreas Christensen playing for Moenchengladbach Credit: BONGARTS Chelsea’s army of loanees have understandably attracted scrutiny for many years now and further questions were raised this summer about the decisions to let Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek go and play elsewhere for the season. But Christensen is perhaps the perfect example of how young Chelsea players can benefit from going out on loan. Before joining Monchengladbach, he had made just three senior appearances for Chelsea since signing from Brondby in 2012 – in the League Cup against Shrewsbury Town, the FA Cup against Bradford City and as a substitute in the Premier League against Sunderland. But after two years away, Christensen returned to Chelsea with two full seasons of Bundesliga football with Monchengladbach under his belt and 11 Champions League appearances. Chelsea v Man City: Premier League match preview 01:56 Having played twice in the Champions League for Chelsea this season, Christensen has made two more appearances in the tournament than 23-year-old City defender John Stones, who Chelsea tried to sign two years ago. “Facing the strikers in the Bundesliga and two years in the Champions League as well, got me so much experience,” said Christensen. “And Chelsea kept looking after me, getting the videos and texting every week and every day about how I was doing. Eddie Newton and Paulo Ferreira did a great job with me. Chelsea loanees “But you have to take responsibility for yourself as well and do what is best for you. You can’t expect everything to be given to you and you have to perform when you get the chance. The club (Chelsea) could not have done any more than they did in terms of helping me on the right path.” It is not just football experience he gained, as Christensen added: “I was in digs at Chelsea until I went to Germany. That was my first experience of staying alone and I got my girlfriend over, so I grew up a bit. I was on my own, I had to wash my own clothes and look after myself. It was life experience.” Christensen and his father had made it clear that he only wanted to return to Chelsea if he was going to play football and the club made space for him by sending Kurt Zouma on loan to Stoke City. Any fears that the signing of Antonio Rudiger and interest in Virgil van Dijk were going to stifle his attempts to break into the Chelsea team were quickly eradicated by Conte. Andreas Christensen challenges for the ball with Peter Crouch Credit: PA Christensen said: “It was probably only before I went on holiday this summer, I thought about what would happen at Chelsea and if I’d get a chance, but the manager showed me he trusts me and he has a great passion for me to deliver.” Conte has been good to his word. Christensen has made eight appearances so far this season, four of which have been starts. “I’ve been involved pretty much from the start, so right now I’m happy,” said Christensen. “I’m getting a lot of playing time and I have to keep going and show I am entitled to more time. Right now, life is pretty good and I’m enjoying it.” Life will be even better if Christensen can notch a first victory over City in his fifth attempt.

Andreas Christensen shows how Chelsea's loan system can pay off

According to Sten Christensen, Antonio Conte told Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo that his son Andreas was even better in the flesh than on television after the central defender’s first training session under the Italian this summer. Like most Chelsea fans, head coach Conte had only been able to keep up with Christensen’s progress via video highlights while the highly-rated Dane completed his two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Conte, who knows a good defender when he sees one, was encouraged by what he saw and Christensen has already made an even bigger impression since returning to Chelsea. But the acid test could arrive on Saturday. If, as Conte has suggested, he deputises for the suspended David Luiz against free-scoring Manchester City, Christensen will be only the fifth Chelsea academy graduate in nearly 15 years to start three or more Premier League games. City have netted five or more goals in each of their last three Premier League games, although Sergio Aguero will miss out after being injured in a car crash. Andreas Chistensen feels at home at Chelsea Credit: GETTY IMAGES Christensen is well versed on the dangers City pose, having played against them four times while at Monchengladbach. The Germans were drawn against the Manchester club in the Champions League in each of his two seasons out on loan. In those four games, Monchengladbach conceded 11 goals to City. But rather than fearing the prospect of facing their attacking might again on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, the experiences just whetted Christensen’s appetite to keep testing himself against the best. The 21-year-old can also take encouragement from the fact that in his last appearance against City, Monchengladbach managed a 1-1 draw. “It was great experience to play against City, they were big games,” said Christensen. “I haven’t got the best results against them yet, but, hopefully, that will now come. It was in the Champions League, I was a young player on loan. It was what I wanted and it was good for me, big games against the best players. “I was facing top strikers in the Bundesliga and that was a new thing for me then as well. It helped me to know what will hopefully come more often in the future and that’s something I’m looking forward to. I want to play against the top, top strikers.” Andreas Christensen playing for Moenchengladbach Credit: BONGARTS Chelsea’s army of loanees have understandably attracted scrutiny for many years now and further questions were raised this summer about the decisions to let Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek go and play elsewhere for the season. But Christensen is perhaps the perfect example of how young Chelsea players can benefit from going out on loan. Before joining Monchengladbach, he had made just three senior appearances for Chelsea since signing from Brondby in 2012 – in the League Cup against Shrewsbury Town, the FA Cup against Bradford City and as a substitute in the Premier League against Sunderland. But after two years away, Christensen returned to Chelsea with two full seasons of Bundesliga football with Monchengladbach under his belt and 11 Champions League appearances. Chelsea v Man City: Premier League match preview 01:56 Having played twice in the Champions League for Chelsea this season, Christensen has made two more appearances in the tournament than 23-year-old City defender John Stones, who Chelsea tried to sign two years ago. “Facing the strikers in the Bundesliga and two years in the Champions League as well, got me so much experience,” said Christensen. “And Chelsea kept looking after me, getting the videos and texting every week and every day about how I was doing. Eddie Newton and Paulo Ferreira did a great job with me. Chelsea loanees “But you have to take responsibility for yourself as well and do what is best for you. You can’t expect everything to be given to you and you have to perform when you get the chance. The club (Chelsea) could not have done any more than they did in terms of helping me on the right path.” It is not just football experience he gained, as Christensen added: “I was in digs at Chelsea until I went to Germany. That was my first experience of staying alone and I got my girlfriend over, so I grew up a bit. I was on my own, I had to wash my own clothes and look after myself. It was life experience.” Christensen and his father had made it clear that he only wanted to return to Chelsea if he was going to play football and the club made space for him by sending Kurt Zouma on loan to Stoke City. Any fears that the signing of Antonio Rudiger and interest in Virgil van Dijk were going to stifle his attempts to break into the Chelsea team were quickly eradicated by Conte. Andreas Christensen challenges for the ball with Peter Crouch Credit: PA Christensen said: “It was probably only before I went on holiday this summer, I thought about what would happen at Chelsea and if I’d get a chance, but the manager showed me he trusts me and he has a great passion for me to deliver.” Conte has been good to his word. Christensen has made eight appearances so far this season, four of which have been starts. “I’ve been involved pretty much from the start, so right now I’m happy,” said Christensen. “I’m getting a lot of playing time and I have to keep going and show I am entitled to more time. Right now, life is pretty good and I’m enjoying it.” Life will be even better if Christensen can notch a first victory over City in his fifth attempt.

Jamie Vardy: 'Turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer'

It may be the most remarkable story in Premier League history, but Jamie Vardy has insisted that one winners’ medal is not enough and has not ruled out a move away from Leicester City if another big offer comes his way. Vardy has spent the summer trying to launch the careers of 42 non-League hopefuls, who dream of following in his footsteps, through his V9 Academy. Despite the fact he has been trying to find the ‘next Jamie Vardy’, the man himself is not ready to accept that his own journey is complete and is desperate to win more silverware – at Leicester or elsewhere. Vardy insists he will never regret turning down Arsenal, even though the Gunners won the FA Cup last season, and could be open to adding another chapter to his story by making a high-profile move either in England or overseas. “I want to win as much as possible, I don’t want to only have one Premier League medal in my drawer at home – it would be an empty glass cabinet,” said Vardy. “I want to win as much as possible. I’m contracted to Leicester and we will see how high we can go. In the future, who knows? “It was my choice to turn Arsenal down. But if another offer came in, it would be the same in that I would look at it and work out the pros and cons. But, no, turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer. Vardy played for England against Malta Credit: AFP “Down the road, there might be an opportunity to go to America or China. It would be something I would like to experience. I've seen other players do it. I know it will involve moving the family again, but it will give them a different experience to see different cultures.” When it was put to Vardy that he would also have an FA Cup winners’ medal if he had joined Arsenal, the 30-year-old replied: “But it weren’t the Premier League was it? So I’m all right with that I think. I’ll never regret anything I’ve chosen to do.” Asked what his reasons were for rejecting the Gunners, Vardy added: “It was just coming up with the positives and negatives, and I came up with a decision and I’m pleased with the decision I made. “They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years or something, until last year. That was something to think about. But Leicester were also in the Champions League and on a different night at home against Atletico Madrid we could have gone even further.” Vardy during the Champions League Quarter Final first leg match against Atletico Madrid  Credit: GETTY IMAGES Wherever he is, Vardy will be keeping a close eye on the careers of Danny Newton, Blair Turgott, Alex Penny and Lamar Reynolds, who all graduated from Vardy’s Academy and were signed by professional clubs. The first episode of The Next Jamie Vardy will be shown on Sky One on September 16 and former Hinckley United and Tamworth striker Newton, who had never previously played for a professional club, has started with three goals in five League Two games for Stevenage. “Straight away, as soon as our game finishes, I’m having a look to see if they have scored at each of their clubs,” said Vardy, who played for Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town before joining Leicester five years ago. “If not, seeing if they’ve started. “Danny has started off well. I’ve spoken to him and he said it was quite hard for him in pre-season. He was saying that he bets the manager was thinking ‘what have we signed here’, then it just clicked for him and he’s been on fire.” Vardy believes 90 per cent of English clubs, even in the lower leagues, would rather sign a player from overseas than looking in non-League for bargains. “Within the non-League base, my scouts were probably better (than scouts at professional clubs),” said Vardy, who put more than £100,000 of his own money into the V9 project. “A lot of scouts wouldn’t even think about looking in non-League. Jamie and wife Rebekah Vardy oversee training at the first day of their V9 Academy “They are probably told to look at a specific position and specific type of player they want and it will either be someone from the league below they look at or nine times out of 10 nowadays they go abroad.” Having seen youngsters at professional clubs seek the trappings of a top footballer before making an impression on the first team, Vardy believes non-League players can be hungrier to prove themselves. “I think so, yes,” he said. “It was definitely the case for me. As soon as I signed for Leicester and knuckled down and things started going right, and I started scoring goals, I wanted to be as good as I possibly can. A lot of the academies now everything is done for you, but how long’s that going to last for?” As part of his fly-on-the-wall documentary, Vardy returned to the carbon fibre factory where he used to work while playing non-League football. He believes youngsters who have spent their lives in professional academies would benefit from being sent on placements and getting a taste of the real world. “I think it would definitely wake a few of them up,” said Vardy. “I can't see many players wanting to get up at six in the morning to go and do a nine-hour shift. It would definitely open their eyes and make them realise that it's not something they want to even have a chance of doing.” The graduates Danny Newton and Blair Turgott were both signed by Stevenage after impressing in the V9 Academy, but the pair have experienced very different career paths until now. Striker Newton has been likened to Jamie Vardy, as he was never signed by a professional academy or youth set up and has combined a non-League career with working in a factory. Danny Newton has been likened to Jamie Vardy The 26-year-old played up front for Hinckley United with Andre Gray, who this summer joined Watford from Burnley for a fee worth £18.5million. “I was a maintenance engineer,” said Newton, who has scored three goals in five games at Stevenage. “I did a four-year apprenticeship when I was 16 and carried it on. That paid the bills. I got a house with my girlfriend and I was comfortable. But it can’t compare to playing football every day. “I’ve never had an agent, I’ve never had trials. I’ve just played non-League. I was at Hinckley United in the Conference North when I was 17. I broke into the first team and was playing every week for three years and they went bust. “I played with Andre Gray for two years. He’s gone and done it. We played up front together at the time. Luton took him and he’s progressed after getting that chance. I’ve just left it a bit late, but I’m grateful now the V9 academy has given me this chance.” Blair Turgott has played for West Ham, Coventry and Leyton Orient among others Winger Turgott joined West Ham United aged just eight and played in England youth teams with Raheem Sterling and Nathaniel Chalobah, both of whom he is still in touch with. The 23-year-old was loaned out to Bradford City, Colchester United, Rotherham United and Dagenham and Redbridge before being released by the Hammers two years ago. "My first loan was at Bradford when I was 17 and I was lonely,” said Turgott. “I had never been away from home and I was literally just going to training and coming back to a hotel in Bradford city centre. It was difficult at first. “I played for the England youth teams with Raheem Sterling, Nathan Redmond and Nathaniel Chalobah, and it shows that the cream will rise to the top. It's good to see those boys doing so well, and they tell me to keep my head up. Just because one person says ‘no’, it doesn't mean you aren't good enough to make it as a footballer.” 20 best players in the Premier League: August 2017

Jamie Vardy: 'Turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer'

It may be the most remarkable story in Premier League history, but Jamie Vardy has insisted that one winners’ medal is not enough and has not ruled out a move away from Leicester City if another big offer comes his way. Vardy has spent the summer trying to launch the careers of 42 non-League hopefuls, who dream of following in his footsteps, through his V9 Academy. Despite the fact he has been trying to find the ‘next Jamie Vardy’, the man himself is not ready to accept that his own journey is complete and is desperate to win more silverware – at Leicester or elsewhere. Vardy insists he will never regret turning down Arsenal, even though the Gunners won the FA Cup last season, and could be open to adding another chapter to his story by making a high-profile move either in England or overseas. “I want to win as much as possible, I don’t want to only have one Premier League medal in my drawer at home – it would be an empty glass cabinet,” said Vardy. “I want to win as much as possible. I’m contracted to Leicester and we will see how high we can go. In the future, who knows? “It was my choice to turn Arsenal down. But if another offer came in, it would be the same in that I would look at it and work out the pros and cons. But, no, turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer. Vardy played for England against Malta Credit: AFP “Down the road, there might be an opportunity to go to America or China. It would be something I would like to experience. I've seen other players do it. I know it will involve moving the family again, but it will give them a different experience to see different cultures.” When it was put to Vardy that he would also have an FA Cup winners’ medal if he had joined Arsenal, the 30-year-old replied: “But it weren’t the Premier League was it? So I’m all right with that I think. I’ll never regret anything I’ve chosen to do.” Asked what his reasons were for rejecting the Gunners, Vardy added: “It was just coming up with the positives and negatives, and I came up with a decision and I’m pleased with the decision I made. “They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years or something, until last year. That was something to think about. But Leicester were also in the Champions League and on a different night at home against Atletico Madrid we could have gone even further.” Vardy during the Champions League Quarter Final first leg match against Atletico Madrid  Credit: GETTY IMAGES Wherever he is, Vardy will be keeping a close eye on the careers of Danny Newton, Blair Turgott, Alex Penny and Lamar Reynolds, who all graduated from Vardy’s Academy and were signed by professional clubs. The first episode of The Next Jamie Vardy will be shown on Sky One on September 16 and former Hinckley United and Tamworth striker Newton, who had never previously played for a professional club, has started with three goals in five League Two games for Stevenage. “Straight away, as soon as our game finishes, I’m having a look to see if they have scored at each of their clubs,” said Vardy, who played for Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town before joining Leicester five years ago. “If not, seeing if they’ve started. “Danny has started off well. I’ve spoken to him and he said it was quite hard for him in pre-season. He was saying that he bets the manager was thinking ‘what have we signed here’, then it just clicked for him and he’s been on fire.” Vardy believes 90 per cent of English clubs, even in the lower leagues, would rather sign a player from overseas than looking in non-League for bargains. “Within the non-League base, my scouts were probably better (than scouts at professional clubs),” said Vardy, who put more than £100,000 of his own money into the V9 project. “A lot of scouts wouldn’t even think about looking in non-League. Jamie and wife Rebekah Vardy oversee training at the first day of their V9 Academy “They are probably told to look at a specific position and specific type of player they want and it will either be someone from the league below they look at or nine times out of 10 nowadays they go abroad.” Having seen youngsters at professional clubs seek the trappings of a top footballer before making an impression on the first team, Vardy believes non-League players can be hungrier to prove themselves. “I think so, yes,” he said. “It was definitely the case for me. As soon as I signed for Leicester and knuckled down and things started going right, and I started scoring goals, I wanted to be as good as I possibly can. A lot of the academies now everything is done for you, but how long’s that going to last for?” As part of his fly-on-the-wall documentary, Vardy returned to the carbon fibre factory where he used to work while playing non-League football. He believes youngsters who have spent their lives in professional academies would benefit from being sent on placements and getting a taste of the real world. “I think it would definitely wake a few of them up,” said Vardy. “I can't see many players wanting to get up at six in the morning to go and do a nine-hour shift. It would definitely open their eyes and make them realise that it's not something they want to even have a chance of doing.” The graduates Danny Newton and Blair Turgott were both signed by Stevenage after impressing in the V9 Academy, but the pair have experienced very different career paths until now. Striker Newton has been likened to Jamie Vardy, as he was never signed by a professional academy or youth set up and has combined a non-League career with working in a factory. Danny Newton has been likened to Jamie Vardy The 26-year-old played up front for Hinckley United with Andre Gray, who this summer joined Watford from Burnley for a fee worth £18.5million. “I was a maintenance engineer,” said Newton, who has scored three goals in five games at Stevenage. “I did a four-year apprenticeship when I was 16 and carried it on. That paid the bills. I got a house with my girlfriend and I was comfortable. But it can’t compare to playing football every day. “I’ve never had an agent, I’ve never had trials. I’ve just played non-League. I was at Hinckley United in the Conference North when I was 17. I broke into the first team and was playing every week for three years and they went bust. “I played with Andre Gray for two years. He’s gone and done it. We played up front together at the time. Luton took him and he’s progressed after getting that chance. I’ve just left it a bit late, but I’m grateful now the V9 academy has given me this chance.” Blair Turgott has played for West Ham, Coventry and Leyton Orient among others Winger Turgott joined West Ham United aged just eight and played in England youth teams with Raheem Sterling and Nathaniel Chalobah, both of whom he is still in touch with. The 23-year-old was loaned out to Bradford City, Colchester United, Rotherham United and Dagenham and Redbridge before being released by the Hammers two years ago. "My first loan was at Bradford when I was 17 and I was lonely,” said Turgott. “I had never been away from home and I was literally just going to training and coming back to a hotel in Bradford city centre. It was difficult at first. “I played for the England youth teams with Raheem Sterling, Nathan Redmond and Nathaniel Chalobah, and it shows that the cream will rise to the top. It's good to see those boys doing so well, and they tell me to keep my head up. Just because one person says ‘no’, it doesn't mean you aren't good enough to make it as a footballer.” 20 best players in the Premier League: August 2017

Jamie Vardy: 'Turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer'

It may be the most remarkable story in Premier League history, but Jamie Vardy has insisted that one winners’ medal is not enough and has not ruled out a move away from Leicester City if another big offer comes his way. Vardy has spent the summer trying to launch the careers of 42 non-League hopefuls, who dream of following in his footsteps, through his V9 Academy. Despite the fact he has been trying to find the ‘next Jamie Vardy’, the man himself is not ready to accept that his own journey is complete and is desperate to win more silverware – at Leicester or elsewhere. Vardy insists he will never regret turning down Arsenal, even though the Gunners won the FA Cup last season, and could be open to adding another chapter to his story by making a high-profile move either in England or overseas. “I want to win as much as possible, I don’t want to only have one Premier League medal in my drawer at home – it would be an empty glass cabinet,” said Vardy. “I want to win as much as possible. I’m contracted to Leicester and we will see how high we can go. In the future, who knows? “It was my choice to turn Arsenal down. But if another offer came in, it would be the same in that I would look at it and work out the pros and cons. But, no, turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer. Vardy played for England against Malta Credit: AFP “Down the road, there might be an opportunity to go to America or China. It would be something I would like to experience. I've seen other players do it. I know it will involve moving the family again, but it will give them a different experience to see different cultures.” When it was put to Vardy that he would also have an FA Cup winners’ medal if he had joined Arsenal, the 30-year-old replied: “But it weren’t the Premier League was it? So I’m all right with that I think. I’ll never regret anything I’ve chosen to do.” Asked what his reasons were for rejecting the Gunners, Vardy added: “It was just coming up with the positives and negatives, and I came up with a decision and I’m pleased with the decision I made. “They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years or something, until last year. That was something to think about. But Leicester were also in the Champions League and on a different night at home against Atletico Madrid we could have gone even further.” Vardy during the Champions League Quarter Final first leg match against Atletico Madrid  Credit: GETTY IMAGES Wherever he is, Vardy will be keeping a close eye on the careers of Danny Newton, Blair Turgott, Alex Penny and Lamar Reynolds, who all graduated from Vardy’s Academy and were signed by professional clubs. The first episode of The Next Jamie Vardy will be shown on Sky One on September 16 and former Hinckley United and Tamworth striker Newton, who had never previously played for a professional club, has started with three goals in five League Two games for Stevenage. “Straight away, as soon as our game finishes, I’m having a look to see if they have scored at each of their clubs,” said Vardy, who played for Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town before joining Leicester five years ago. “If not, seeing if they’ve started. “Danny has started off well. I’ve spoken to him and he said it was quite hard for him in pre-season. He was saying that he bets the manager was thinking ‘what have we signed here’, then it just clicked for him and he’s been on fire.” Vardy believes 90 per cent of English clubs, even in the lower leagues, would rather sign a player from overseas than looking in non-League for bargains. “Within the non-League base, my scouts were probably better (than scouts at professional clubs),” said Vardy, who put more than £100,000 of his own money into the V9 project. “A lot of scouts wouldn’t even think about looking in non-League. Jamie and wife Rebekah Vardy oversee training at the first day of their V9 Academy “They are probably told to look at a specific position and specific type of player they want and it will either be someone from the league below they look at or nine times out of 10 nowadays they go abroad.” Having seen youngsters at professional clubs seek the trappings of a top footballer before making an impression on the first team, Vardy believes non-League players can be hungrier to prove themselves. “I think so, yes,” he said. “It was definitely the case for me. As soon as I signed for Leicester and knuckled down and things started going right, and I started scoring goals, I wanted to be as good as I possibly can. A lot of the academies now everything is done for you, but how long’s that going to last for?” As part of his fly-on-the-wall documentary, Vardy returned to the carbon fibre factory where he used to work while playing non-League football. He believes youngsters who have spent their lives in professional academies would benefit from being sent on placements and getting a taste of the real world. “I think it would definitely wake a few of them up,” said Vardy. “I can't see many players wanting to get up at six in the morning to go and do a nine-hour shift. It would definitely open their eyes and make them realise that it's not something they want to even have a chance of doing.” The graduates Danny Newton and Blair Turgott were both signed by Stevenage after impressing in the V9 Academy, but the pair have experienced very different career paths until now. Striker Newton has been likened to Jamie Vardy, as he was never signed by a professional academy or youth set up and has combined a non-League career with working in a factory. Danny Newton has been likened to Jamie Vardy The 26-year-old played up front for Hinckley United with Andre Gray, who this summer joined Watford from Burnley for a fee worth £18.5million. “I was a maintenance engineer,” said Newton, who has scored three goals in five games at Stevenage. “I did a four-year apprenticeship when I was 16 and carried it on. That paid the bills. I got a house with my girlfriend and I was comfortable. But it can’t compare to playing football every day. “I’ve never had an agent, I’ve never had trials. I’ve just played non-League. I was at Hinckley United in the Conference North when I was 17. I broke into the first team and was playing every week for three years and they went bust. “I played with Andre Gray for two years. He’s gone and done it. We played up front together at the time. Luton took him and he’s progressed after getting that chance. I’ve just left it a bit late, but I’m grateful now the V9 academy has given me this chance.” Blair Turgott has played for West Ham, Coventry and Leyton Orient among others Winger Turgott joined West Ham United aged just eight and played in England youth teams with Raheem Sterling and Nathaniel Chalobah, both of whom he is still in touch with. The 23-year-old was loaned out to Bradford City, Colchester United, Rotherham United and Dagenham and Redbridge before being released by the Hammers two years ago. "My first loan was at Bradford when I was 17 and I was lonely,” said Turgott. “I had never been away from home and I was literally just going to training and coming back to a hotel in Bradford city centre. It was difficult at first. “I played for the England youth teams with Raheem Sterling, Nathan Redmond and Nathaniel Chalobah, and it shows that the cream will rise to the top. It's good to see those boys doing so well, and they tell me to keep my head up. Just because one person says ‘no’, it doesn't mean you aren't good enough to make it as a footballer.” 20 best players in the Premier League: August 2017

Jamie Vardy: 'Turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer'

It may be the most remarkable story in Premier League history, but Jamie Vardy has insisted that one winners’ medal is not enough and has not ruled out a move away from Leicester City if another big offer comes his way. Vardy has spent the summer trying to launch the careers of 42 non-League hopefuls, who dream of following in his footsteps, through his V9 Academy. Despite the fact he has been trying to find the ‘next Jamie Vardy’, the man himself is not ready to accept that his own journey is complete and is desperate to win more silverware – at Leicester or elsewhere. Vardy insists he will never regret turning down Arsenal, even though the Gunners won the FA Cup last season, and could be open to adding another chapter to his story by making a high-profile move either in England or overseas. “I want to win as much as possible, I don’t want to only have one Premier League medal in my drawer at home – it would be an empty glass cabinet,” said Vardy. “I want to win as much as possible. I’m contracted to Leicester and we will see how high we can go. In the future, who knows? “It was my choice to turn Arsenal down. But if another offer came in, it would be the same in that I would look at it and work out the pros and cons. But, no, turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer. Vardy played for England against Malta Credit: AFP “Down the road, there might be an opportunity to go to America or China. It would be something I would like to experience. I've seen other players do it. I know it will involve moving the family again, but it will give them a different experience to see different cultures.” When it was put to Vardy that he would also have an FA Cup winners’ medal if he had joined Arsenal, the 30-year-old replied: “But it weren’t the Premier League was it? So I’m all right with that I think. I’ll never regret anything I’ve chosen to do.” Asked what his reasons were for rejecting the Gunners, Vardy added: “It was just coming up with the positives and negatives, and I came up with a decision and I’m pleased with the decision I made. “They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years or something, until last year. That was something to think about. But Leicester were also in the Champions League and on a different night at home against Atletico Madrid we could have gone even further.” Vardy during the Champions League Quarter Final first leg match against Atletico Madrid  Credit: GETTY IMAGES Wherever he is, Vardy will be keeping a close eye on the careers of Danny Newton, Blair Turgott, Alex Penny and Lamar Reynolds, who all graduated from Vardy’s Academy and were signed by professional clubs. The first episode of The Next Jamie Vardy will be shown on Sky One on September 16 and former Hinckley United and Tamworth striker Newton, who had never previously played for a professional club, has started with three goals in five League Two games for Stevenage. “Straight away, as soon as our game finishes, I’m having a look to see if they have scored at each of their clubs,” said Vardy, who played for Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town before joining Leicester five years ago. “If not, seeing if they’ve started. “Danny has started off well. I’ve spoken to him and he said it was quite hard for him in pre-season. He was saying that he bets the manager was thinking ‘what have we signed here’, then it just clicked for him and he’s been on fire.” Vardy believes 90 per cent of English clubs, even in the lower leagues, would rather sign a player from overseas than looking in non-League for bargains. “Within the non-League base, my scouts were probably better (than scouts at professional clubs),” said Vardy, who put more than £100,000 of his own money into the V9 project. “A lot of scouts wouldn’t even think about looking in non-League. Jamie and wife Rebekah Vardy oversee training at the first day of their V9 Academy “They are probably told to look at a specific position and specific type of player they want and it will either be someone from the league below they look at or nine times out of 10 nowadays they go abroad.” Having seen youngsters at professional clubs seek the trappings of a top footballer before making an impression on the first team, Vardy believes non-League players can be hungrier to prove themselves. “I think so, yes,” he said. “It was definitely the case for me. As soon as I signed for Leicester and knuckled down and things started going right, and I started scoring goals, I wanted to be as good as I possibly can. A lot of the academies now everything is done for you, but how long’s that going to last for?” As part of his fly-on-the-wall documentary, Vardy returned to the carbon fibre factory where he used to work while playing non-League football. He believes youngsters who have spent their lives in professional academies would benefit from being sent on placements and getting a taste of the real world. “I think it would definitely wake a few of them up,” said Vardy. “I can't see many players wanting to get up at six in the morning to go and do a nine-hour shift. It would definitely open their eyes and make them realise that it's not something they want to even have a chance of doing.” The graduates Danny Newton and Blair Turgott were both signed by Stevenage after impressing in the V9 Academy, but the pair have experienced very different career paths until now. Striker Newton has been likened to Jamie Vardy, as he was never signed by a professional academy or youth set up and has combined a non-League career with working in a factory. Danny Newton has been likened to Jamie Vardy The 26-year-old played up front for Hinckley United with Andre Gray, who this summer joined Watford from Burnley for a fee worth £18.5million. “I was a maintenance engineer,” said Newton, who has scored three goals in five games at Stevenage. “I did a four-year apprenticeship when I was 16 and carried it on. That paid the bills. I got a house with my girlfriend and I was comfortable. But it can’t compare to playing football every day. “I’ve never had an agent, I’ve never had trials. I’ve just played non-League. I was at Hinckley United in the Conference North when I was 17. I broke into the first team and was playing every week for three years and they went bust. “I played with Andre Gray for two years. He’s gone and done it. We played up front together at the time. Luton took him and he’s progressed after getting that chance. I’ve just left it a bit late, but I’m grateful now the V9 academy has given me this chance.” Blair Turgott has played for West Ham, Coventry and Leyton Orient among others Winger Turgott joined West Ham United aged just eight and played in England youth teams with Raheem Sterling and Nathaniel Chalobah, both of whom he is still in touch with. The 23-year-old was loaned out to Bradford City, Colchester United, Rotherham United and Dagenham and Redbridge before being released by the Hammers two years ago. "My first loan was at Bradford when I was 17 and I was lonely,” said Turgott. “I had never been away from home and I was literally just going to training and coming back to a hotel in Bradford city centre. It was difficult at first. “I played for the England youth teams with Raheem Sterling, Nathan Redmond and Nathaniel Chalobah, and it shows that the cream will rise to the top. It's good to see those boys doing so well, and they tell me to keep my head up. Just because one person says ‘no’, it doesn't mean you aren't good enough to make it as a footballer.” 20 best players in the Premier League: August 2017

Jamie Vardy: 'Turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer'

It may be the most remarkable story in Premier League history, but Jamie Vardy has insisted that one winners’ medal is not enough and has not ruled out a move away from Leicester City if another big offer comes his way. Vardy has spent the summer trying to launch the careers of 42 non-League hopefuls, who dream of following in his footsteps, through his V9 Academy. Despite the fact he has been trying to find the ‘next Jamie Vardy’, the man himself is not ready to accept that his own journey is complete and is desperate to win more silverware – at Leicester or elsewhere. Vardy insists he will never regret turning down Arsenal, even though the Gunners won the FA Cup last season, and could be open to adding another chapter to his story by making a high-profile move either in England or overseas. “I want to win as much as possible, I don’t want to only have one Premier League medal in my drawer at home – it would be an empty glass cabinet,” said Vardy. “I want to win as much as possible. I’m contracted to Leicester and we will see how high we can go. In the future, who knows? “It was my choice to turn Arsenal down. But if another offer came in, it would be the same in that I would look at it and work out the pros and cons. But, no, turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer. Vardy played for England against Malta Credit: AFP “Down the road, there might be an opportunity to go to America or China. It would be something I would like to experience. I've seen other players do it. I know it will involve moving the family again, but it will give them a different experience to see different cultures.” When it was put to Vardy that he would also have an FA Cup winners’ medal if he had joined Arsenal, the 30-year-old replied: “But it weren’t the Premier League was it? So I’m all right with that I think. I’ll never regret anything I’ve chosen to do.” Asked what his reasons were for rejecting the Gunners, Vardy added: “It was just coming up with the positives and negatives, and I came up with a decision and I’m pleased with the decision I made. “They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years or something, until last year. That was something to think about. But Leicester were also in the Champions League and on a different night at home against Atletico Madrid we could have gone even further.” Vardy during the Champions League Quarter Final first leg match against Atletico Madrid  Credit: GETTY IMAGES Wherever he is, Vardy will be keeping a close eye on the careers of Danny Newton, Blair Turgott, Alex Penny and Lamar Reynolds, who all graduated from Vardy’s Academy and were signed by professional clubs. The first episode of The Next Jamie Vardy will be shown on Sky One on September 16 and former Hinckley United and Tamworth striker Newton, who had never previously played for a professional club, has started with three goals in five League Two games for Stevenage. “Straight away, as soon as our game finishes, I’m having a look to see if they have scored at each of their clubs,” said Vardy, who played for Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town before joining Leicester five years ago. “If not, seeing if they’ve started. “Danny has started off well. I’ve spoken to him and he said it was quite hard for him in pre-season. He was saying that he bets the manager was thinking ‘what have we signed here’, then it just clicked for him and he’s been on fire.” Vardy believes 90 per cent of English clubs, even in the lower leagues, would rather sign a player from overseas than looking in non-League for bargains. “Within the non-League base, my scouts were probably better (than scouts at professional clubs),” said Vardy, who put more than £100,000 of his own money into the V9 project. “A lot of scouts wouldn’t even think about looking in non-League. Jamie and wife Rebekah Vardy oversee training at the first day of their V9 Academy “They are probably told to look at a specific position and specific type of player they want and it will either be someone from the league below they look at or nine times out of 10 nowadays they go abroad.” Having seen youngsters at professional clubs seek the trappings of a top footballer before making an impression on the first team, Vardy believes non-League players can be hungrier to prove themselves. “I think so, yes,” he said. “It was definitely the case for me. As soon as I signed for Leicester and knuckled down and things started going right, and I started scoring goals, I wanted to be as good as I possibly can. A lot of the academies now everything is done for you, but how long’s that going to last for?” As part of his fly-on-the-wall documentary, Vardy returned to the carbon fibre factory where he used to work while playing non-League football. He believes youngsters who have spent their lives in professional academies would benefit from being sent on placements and getting a taste of the real world. “I think it would definitely wake a few of them up,” said Vardy. “I can't see many players wanting to get up at six in the morning to go and do a nine-hour shift. It would definitely open their eyes and make them realise that it's not something they want to even have a chance of doing.” The graduates Danny Newton and Blair Turgott were both signed by Stevenage after impressing in the V9 Academy, but the pair have experienced very different career paths until now. Striker Newton has been likened to Jamie Vardy, as he was never signed by a professional academy or youth set up and has combined a non-League career with working in a factory. Danny Newton has been likened to Jamie Vardy The 26-year-old played up front for Hinckley United with Andre Gray, who this summer joined Watford from Burnley for a fee worth £18.5million. “I was a maintenance engineer,” said Newton, who has scored three goals in five games at Stevenage. “I did a four-year apprenticeship when I was 16 and carried it on. That paid the bills. I got a house with my girlfriend and I was comfortable. But it can’t compare to playing football every day. “I’ve never had an agent, I’ve never had trials. I’ve just played non-League. I was at Hinckley United in the Conference North when I was 17. I broke into the first team and was playing every week for three years and they went bust. “I played with Andre Gray for two years. He’s gone and done it. We played up front together at the time. Luton took him and he’s progressed after getting that chance. I’ve just left it a bit late, but I’m grateful now the V9 academy has given me this chance.” Blair Turgott has played for West Ham, Coventry and Leyton Orient among others Winger Turgott joined West Ham United aged just eight and played in England youth teams with Raheem Sterling and Nathaniel Chalobah, both of whom he is still in touch with. The 23-year-old was loaned out to Bradford City, Colchester United, Rotherham United and Dagenham and Redbridge before being released by the Hammers two years ago. "My first loan was at Bradford when I was 17 and I was lonely,” said Turgott. “I had never been away from home and I was literally just going to training and coming back to a hotel in Bradford city centre. It was difficult at first. “I played for the England youth teams with Raheem Sterling, Nathan Redmond and Nathaniel Chalobah, and it shows that the cream will rise to the top. It's good to see those boys doing so well, and they tell me to keep my head up. Just because one person says ‘no’, it doesn't mean you aren't good enough to make it as a footballer.” 20 best players in the Premier League: August 2017

Jamie Vardy: 'Turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer'

It may be the most remarkable story in Premier League history, but Jamie Vardy has insisted that one winners’ medal is not enough and has not ruled out a move away from Leicester City if another big offer comes his way. Vardy has spent the summer trying to launch the careers of 42 non-League hopefuls, who dream of following in his footsteps, through his V9 Academy. Despite the fact he has been trying to find the ‘next Jamie Vardy’, the man himself is not ready to accept that his own journey is complete and is desperate to win more silverware – at Leicester or elsewhere. Vardy insists he will never regret turning down Arsenal, even though the Gunners won the FA Cup last season, and could be open to adding another chapter to his story by making a high-profile move either in England or overseas. “I want to win as much as possible, I don’t want to only have one Premier League medal in my drawer at home – it would be an empty glass cabinet,” said Vardy. “I want to win as much as possible. I’m contracted to Leicester and we will see how high we can go. In the future, who knows? “It was my choice to turn Arsenal down. But if another offer came in, it would be the same in that I would look at it and work out the pros and cons. But, no, turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer. Vardy played for England against Malta Credit: AFP “Down the road, there might be an opportunity to go to America or China. It would be something I would like to experience. I've seen other players do it. I know it will involve moving the family again, but it will give them a different experience to see different cultures.” When it was put to Vardy that he would also have an FA Cup winners’ medal if he had joined Arsenal, the 30-year-old replied: “But it weren’t the Premier League was it? So I’m all right with that I think. I’ll never regret anything I’ve chosen to do.” Asked what his reasons were for rejecting the Gunners, Vardy added: “It was just coming up with the positives and negatives, and I came up with a decision and I’m pleased with the decision I made. “They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years or something, until last year. That was something to think about. But Leicester were also in the Champions League and on a different night at home against Atletico Madrid we could have gone even further.” Vardy during the Champions League Quarter Final first leg match against Atletico Madrid  Credit: GETTY IMAGES Wherever he is, Vardy will be keeping a close eye on the careers of Danny Newton, Blair Turgott, Alex Penny and Lamar Reynolds, who all graduated from Vardy’s Academy and were signed by professional clubs. The first episode of The Next Jamie Vardy will be shown on Sky One on September 16 and former Hinckley United and Tamworth striker Newton, who had never previously played for a professional club, has started with three goals in five League Two games for Stevenage. “Straight away, as soon as our game finishes, I’m having a look to see if they have scored at each of their clubs,” said Vardy, who played for Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town before joining Leicester five years ago. “If not, seeing if they’ve started. “Danny has started off well. I’ve spoken to him and he said it was quite hard for him in pre-season. He was saying that he bets the manager was thinking ‘what have we signed here’, then it just clicked for him and he’s been on fire.” Vardy believes 90 per cent of English clubs, even in the lower leagues, would rather sign a player from overseas than looking in non-League for bargains. “Within the non-League base, my scouts were probably better (than scouts at professional clubs),” said Vardy, who put more than £100,000 of his own money into the V9 project. “A lot of scouts wouldn’t even think about looking in non-League. Jamie and wife Rebekah Vardy oversee training at the first day of their V9 Academy “They are probably told to look at a specific position and specific type of player they want and it will either be someone from the league below they look at or nine times out of 10 nowadays they go abroad.” Having seen youngsters at professional clubs seek the trappings of a top footballer before making an impression on the first team, Vardy believes non-League players can be hungrier to prove themselves. “I think so, yes,” he said. “It was definitely the case for me. As soon as I signed for Leicester and knuckled down and things started going right, and I started scoring goals, I wanted to be as good as I possibly can. A lot of the academies now everything is done for you, but how long’s that going to last for?” As part of his fly-on-the-wall documentary, Vardy returned to the carbon fibre factory where he used to work while playing non-League football. He believes youngsters who have spent their lives in professional academies would benefit from being sent on placements and getting a taste of the real world. “I think it would definitely wake a few of them up,” said Vardy. “I can't see many players wanting to get up at six in the morning to go and do a nine-hour shift. It would definitely open their eyes and make them realise that it's not something they want to even have a chance of doing.” The graduates Danny Newton and Blair Turgott were both signed by Stevenage after impressing in the V9 Academy, but the pair have experienced very different career paths until now. Striker Newton has been likened to Jamie Vardy, as he was never signed by a professional academy or youth set up and has combined a non-League career with working in a factory. Danny Newton has been likened to Jamie Vardy The 26-year-old played up front for Hinckley United with Andre Gray, who this summer joined Watford from Burnley for a fee worth £18.5million. “I was a maintenance engineer,” said Newton, who has scored three goals in five games at Stevenage. “I did a four-year apprenticeship when I was 16 and carried it on. That paid the bills. I got a house with my girlfriend and I was comfortable. But it can’t compare to playing football every day. “I’ve never had an agent, I’ve never had trials. I’ve just played non-League. I was at Hinckley United in the Conference North when I was 17. I broke into the first team and was playing every week for three years and they went bust. “I played with Andre Gray for two years. He’s gone and done it. We played up front together at the time. Luton took him and he’s progressed after getting that chance. I’ve just left it a bit late, but I’m grateful now the V9 academy has given me this chance.” Blair Turgott has played for West Ham, Coventry and Leyton Orient among others Winger Turgott joined West Ham United aged just eight and played in England youth teams with Raheem Sterling and Nathaniel Chalobah, both of whom he is still in touch with. The 23-year-old was loaned out to Bradford City, Colchester United, Rotherham United and Dagenham and Redbridge before being released by the Hammers two years ago. "My first loan was at Bradford when I was 17 and I was lonely,” said Turgott. “I had never been away from home and I was literally just going to training and coming back to a hotel in Bradford city centre. It was difficult at first. “I played for the England youth teams with Raheem Sterling, Nathan Redmond and Nathaniel Chalobah, and it shows that the cream will rise to the top. It's good to see those boys doing so well, and they tell me to keep my head up. Just because one person says ‘no’, it doesn't mean you aren't good enough to make it as a footballer.” 20 best players in the Premier League: August 2017

Football League: Bradford's Charlie Wyke grabs hat-trick while Mansfield get lucky

The Bradford City manager, Stuart McCall, shakes hands and congratulates Charlie Wyke after the striker’s hat-trick against Bristol Rovers.

Tom Cleverley exclusive: Why I was right to leave Manchester United and Everton

Tom Cleverley draws a distinction between being a footballer and playing football. The first means little; the second means everything.  “I just want to play,” he says. “I want to play in the Premier League, the best league. And there’s nothing like having that 90 minutes of high-intensity football, winning, and enjoying your week. You have to be out there. “Training six days a week and not having that buzz of a Saturday is really, really tough. You ask any player. And especially if you have trained well and you’ve got no chance of getting into the team. Luckily, I’ve not had many months of that in my career but towards the end at Everton it was a bit like that.” He also had it at the end of his time with Manchester United. But Cleverley wanted to play – had to play - and that joy of playing is back, courtesy of turning last season's successful loan move to Watford into a permanent £8 million deal, on a five-year contract, this summer. Tom Cleverley in action for Watford Credit: GETTY IMAGES The move was triggered after Cleverley made a certain number of appearances – “that was always my target” - and the length of that contract appears significant. It will, the midfielder argues, give him the stability he needs in order for him to prove himself. "I was just so happy to get the opportunity to play regularly again,” he admits. Moving to Watford is also significant. It is where Cleverley played some of the best football of his career during a season-long loan from United in 2009. He was named the club's Player of the Year. “I liked it here and had good memories,” he says. “That season gave me a kick-start into senior football but it’s obviously changed a lot. Then it was a mid-table Championship side and now it’s an ambitious Premier League club. So it feels a lot different; not only the personnel but the mentality. 19 EFL players Premier League clubs could sign “It didn’t take much selling. It all happened within two, three hours and I was telling my missus that I was packing up and going to Hertfordshire that night. It was quick. But she was ok with it, she’s a southerner! But she also knows that when I am playing I am much happier.” And Cleverley is certainly happy. It is not that long ago that he was a regular for United and for England, showing form that had Ferguson declaring he was “potentially the best midfielder in Britain”. He played Champions League football and collected a Premier League winner's medal at Old Trafford, having joined from Bradford City aged 12. Tom Cleverley during his Man Utd days Credit: GETTY IMAGES Then it fell apart. Ferguson retired, David Moyes succeeded him, and Cleverley became the focus of fan frustration. “With Sir Alex leaving that was not great timing for me as I was playing well under him. Then you look at the start of the Moyes season and it was such a tough run of fixtures for a manager to come into and it just snowballed from there,” Cleverley explains. “Not just for myself but for the whole club, really. We were mid-table after five or six games and the pressure started to mount. We lost a couple of big figures on the playing side and it became a very tough season for everyone. New kits 17/18 “I’m fine with it now. To leave United at the time I did was the best for my career. I’ve had great memories: Aston Villa went to a FA Cup Final, Everton also went to Wembley and it was great playing for such historic clubs. And now I am at Watford, a place I really love playing and I see myself here for a number of years.” Moyes’ successor, Louis Van Gaal, let him go and Cleverley had a similar experience at Everton – who he signed for permanently in July 2015 after a loan at Villa – with Ronald Koeman when he took over from Roberto Martinez. “The lucky thing I have had is that I’ve had two managers who were totally direct with me - Van Gaal and Koeman,” Cleverley says. “They just said my opportunities were going to be limited. And that’s enough for me to hear. As a player you want a manager to be honest with you rather than dangling a carrot that’s not there so they were both brilliant and both gave me the chance to leave.” Tom Cleverley playing for Everton Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was, nevertheless, tough to quit United, in particular. “I was there for 12 years of my life. It’s hard but I am realistic. I sort of saw it was coming,” Cleverley adds. “The timing was right at both times when I have left the clubs I have. As soon as I get out of the team I want to move on and play. That’s why I’ve played for a few clubs because I just want to play football.” He is doing that at Watford, and he chuckles as he refers to himself, now 28, as “an older head”. His contribution is certainly valued by the club’s new head coach, Marco Silva, who hails the way Cleverley helps knit the team together.  Cleverley is excited by the club’s recruitment – Andre Gray, Richarlison, Nathaniel Chalobah, Will Hughes, Kiko Femenia – and relishes the responsibility he has been given. “I am not a shouter or a screamer but I have to be a voice on the pitch,” he says. Watford have also made a good start to the league campaign, drawing against Liverpool, winning at Bournemouth and with a home fixture with newly-promoted Brighton today on Saturday. Local support “With the stakes of the Premier League now you’ve got to get to 40 points but I really feel we’ve got the squad and the manager to go for a top-10 finish,” Cleverley says. “If we weren’t to do that while I’m at this club then I would feel disappointed.” And beyond that? “Coming here is what I needed. I have good memories of this club and I want to create more,” Cleverley says. “I’d also like to keep proving a few people wrong. I’d still like to win more trophies so I’d like to think I am going again and I’m going to be successful.”

Tom Cleverley exclusive: Why I was right to leave Manchester United and Everton

Tom Cleverley draws a distinction between being a footballer and playing football. The first means little; the second means everything.  “I just want to play,” he says. “I want to play in the Premier League, the best league. And there’s nothing like having that 90 minutes of high-intensity football, winning, and enjoying your week. You have to be out there. “Training six days a week and not having that buzz of a Saturday is really, really tough. You ask any player. And especially if you have trained well and you’ve got no chance of getting into the team. Luckily, I’ve not had many months of that in my career but towards the end at Everton it was a bit like that.” He also had it at the end of his time with Manchester United. But Cleverley wanted to play – had to play - and that joy of playing is back, courtesy of turning last season's successful loan move to Watford into a permanent £8 million deal, on a five-year contract, this summer. Tom Cleverley in action for Watford Credit: GETTY IMAGES The move was triggered after Cleverley made a certain number of appearances – “that was always my target” - and the length of that contract appears significant. It will, the midfielder argues, give him the stability he needs in order for him to prove himself. "I was just so happy to get the opportunity to play regularly again,” he admits. Moving to Watford is also significant. It is where Cleverley played some of the best football of his career during a season-long loan from United in 2009. He was named the club's Player of the Year. “I liked it here and had good memories,” he says. “That season gave me a kick-start into senior football but it’s obviously changed a lot. Then it was a mid-table Championship side and now it’s an ambitious Premier League club. So it feels a lot different; not only the personnel but the mentality. 19 EFL players Premier League clubs could sign “It didn’t take much selling. It all happened within two, three hours and I was telling my missus that I was packing up and going to Hertfordshire that night. It was quick. But she was ok with it, she’s a southerner! But she also knows that when I am playing I am much happier.” And Cleverley is certainly happy. It is not that long ago that he was a regular for United and for England, showing form that had Ferguson declaring he was “potentially the best midfielder in Britain”. He played Champions League football and collected a Premier League winner's medal at Old Trafford, having joined from Bradford City aged 12. Tom Cleverley during his Man Utd days Credit: GETTY IMAGES Then it fell apart. Ferguson retired, David Moyes succeeded him, and Cleverley became the focus of fan frustration. “With Sir Alex leaving that was not great timing for me as I was playing well under him. Then you look at the start of the Moyes season and it was such a tough run of fixtures for a manager to come into and it just snowballed from there,” Cleverley explains. “Not just for myself but for the whole club, really. We were mid-table after five or six games and the pressure started to mount. We lost a couple of big figures on the playing side and it became a very tough season for everyone. New kits 17/18 “I’m fine with it now. To leave United at the time I did was the best for my career. I’ve had great memories: Aston Villa went to a FA Cup Final, Everton also went to Wembley and it was great playing for such historic clubs. And now I am at Watford, a place I really love playing and I see myself here for a number of years.” Moyes’ successor, Louis Van Gaal, let him go and Cleverley had a similar experience at Everton – who he signed for permanently in July 2015 after a loan at Villa – with Ronald Koeman when he took over from Roberto Martinez. “The lucky thing I have had is that I’ve had two managers who were totally direct with me - Van Gaal and Koeman,” Cleverley says. “They just said my opportunities were going to be limited. And that’s enough for me to hear. As a player you want a manager to be honest with you rather than dangling a carrot that’s not there so they were both brilliant and both gave me the chance to leave.” Tom Cleverley playing for Everton Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was, nevertheless, tough to quit United, in particular. “I was there for 12 years of my life. It’s hard but I am realistic. I sort of saw it was coming,” Cleverley adds. “The timing was right at both times when I have left the clubs I have. As soon as I get out of the team I want to move on and play. That’s why I’ve played for a few clubs because I just want to play football.” He is doing that at Watford, and he chuckles as he refers to himself, now 28, as “an older head”. His contribution is certainly valued by the club’s new head coach, Marco Silva, who hails the way Cleverley helps knit the team together.  Cleverley is excited by the club’s recruitment – Andre Gray, Richarlison, Nathaniel Chalobah, Will Hughes, Kiko Femenia – and relishes the responsibility he has been given. “I am not a shouter or a screamer but I have to be a voice on the pitch,” he says. Watford have also made a good start to the league campaign, drawing against Liverpool, winning at Bournemouth and with a home fixture with newly-promoted Brighton today on Saturday. Local support “With the stakes of the Premier League now you’ve got to get to 40 points but I really feel we’ve got the squad and the manager to go for a top-10 finish,” Cleverley says. “If we weren’t to do that while I’m at this club then I would feel disappointed.” And beyond that? “Coming here is what I needed. I have good memories of this club and I want to create more,” Cleverley says. “I’d also like to keep proving a few people wrong. I’d still like to win more trophies so I’d like to think I am going again and I’m going to be successful.”

Tom Cleverley exclusive: Why I was right to leave Manchester United and Everton

Tom Cleverley draws a distinction between being a footballer and playing football. The first means little; the second means everything.  “I just want to play,” he says. “I want to play in the Premier League, the best league. And there’s nothing like having that 90 minutes of high-intensity football, winning, and enjoying your week. You have to be out there. “Training six days a week and not having that buzz of a Saturday is really, really tough. You ask any player. And especially if you have trained well and you’ve got no chance of getting into the team. Luckily, I’ve not had many months of that in my career but towards the end at Everton it was a bit like that.” He also had it at the end of his time with Manchester United. But Cleverley wanted to play – had to play - and that joy of playing is back, courtesy of turning last season's successful loan move to Watford into a permanent £8 million deal, on a five-year contract, this summer. Tom Cleverley in action for Watford Credit: GETTY IMAGES The move was triggered after Cleverley made a certain number of appearances – “that was always my target” - and the length of that contract appears significant. It will, the midfielder argues, give him the stability he needs in order for him to prove himself. "I was just so happy to get the opportunity to play regularly again,” he admits. Moving to Watford is also significant. It is where Cleverley played some of the best football of his career during a season-long loan from United in 2009. He was named the club's Player of the Year. “I liked it here and had good memories,” he says. “That season gave me a kick-start into senior football but it’s obviously changed a lot. Then it was a mid-table Championship side and now it’s an ambitious Premier League club. So it feels a lot different; not only the personnel but the mentality. 19 EFL players Premier League clubs could sign “It didn’t take much selling. It all happened within two, three hours and I was telling my missus that I was packing up and going to Hertfordshire that night. It was quick. But she was ok with it, she’s a southerner! But she also knows that when I am playing I am much happier.” And Cleverley is certainly happy. It is not that long ago that he was a regular for United and for England, showing form that had Ferguson declaring he was “potentially the best midfielder in Britain”. He played Champions League football and collected a Premier League winner's medal at Old Trafford, having joined from Bradford City aged 12. Tom Cleverley during his Man Utd days Credit: GETTY IMAGES Then it fell apart. Ferguson retired, David Moyes succeeded him, and Cleverley became the focus of fan frustration. “With Sir Alex leaving that was not great timing for me as I was playing well under him. Then you look at the start of the Moyes season and it was such a tough run of fixtures for a manager to come into and it just snowballed from there,” Cleverley explains. “Not just for myself but for the whole club, really. We were mid-table after five or six games and the pressure started to mount. We lost a couple of big figures on the playing side and it became a very tough season for everyone. New kits 17/18 “I’m fine with it now. To leave United at the time I did was the best for my career. I’ve had great memories: Aston Villa went to a FA Cup Final, Everton also went to Wembley and it was great playing for such historic clubs. And now I am at Watford, a place I really love playing and I see myself here for a number of years.” Moyes’ successor, Louis Van Gaal, let him go and Cleverley had a similar experience at Everton – who he signed for permanently in July 2015 after a loan at Villa – with Ronald Koeman when he took over from Roberto Martinez. “The lucky thing I have had is that I’ve had two managers who were totally direct with me - Van Gaal and Koeman,” Cleverley says. “They just said my opportunities were going to be limited. And that’s enough for me to hear. As a player you want a manager to be honest with you rather than dangling a carrot that’s not there so they were both brilliant and both gave me the chance to leave.” Tom Cleverley playing for Everton Credit: GETTY IMAGES It was, nevertheless, tough to quit United, in particular. “I was there for 12 years of my life. It’s hard but I am realistic. I sort of saw it was coming,” Cleverley adds. “The timing was right at both times when I have left the clubs I have. As soon as I get out of the team I want to move on and play. That’s why I’ve played for a few clubs because I just want to play football.” He is doing that at Watford, and he chuckles as he refers to himself, now 28, as “an older head”. His contribution is certainly valued by the club’s new head coach, Marco Silva, who hails the way Cleverley helps knit the team together.  Cleverley is excited by the club’s recruitment – Andre Gray, Richarlison, Nathaniel Chalobah, Will Hughes, Kiko Femenia – and relishes the responsibility he has been given. “I am not a shouter or a screamer but I have to be a voice on the pitch,” he says. Watford have also made a good start to the league campaign, drawing against Liverpool, winning at Bournemouth and with a home fixture with newly-promoted Brighton today on Saturday. Local support “With the stakes of the Premier League now you’ve got to get to 40 points but I really feel we’ve got the squad and the manager to go for a top-10 finish,” Cleverley says. “If we weren’t to do that while I’m at this club then I would feel disappointed.” And beyond that? “Coming here is what I needed. I have good memories of this club and I want to create more,” Cleverley says. “I’d also like to keep proving a few people wrong. I’d still like to win more trophies so I’d like to think I am going again and I’m going to be successful.”

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