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Manchester United star Cleverley lifted by Davies apology

By Martyn Ziegler

Bolton striker Kevin Davies has confirmed he spoke to Tom Cleverley following the tackle that left the Manchester United midfielder with ankle ligament damage and says the 22-year-old was “fine” about it.



Cleverley faces around four weeks on the sidelines as a result of the incident during Saturday's Premier League match at the Reebok Stadium.

Messages posted on a fake Tom Cleverley Facebook page claimed the United player was angry and that Davies had not apologised.

United made clear this account was not genuine and Davies, 34, then stressed yesterday that he had spoken to Cleverley after initially being unaware of the extent of the injury, saying: “Tackle-wise I've not seen it back.

“I spoke to Tom Cleverley, I was made to believe he had got a fracture or something so when I got home, I didn't realise after the game, I've seen the reports going on with the game so I put a call in to him and he was fine.”

Meanwhile, Director of football Damien Comolli insists Liverpool did not want to sell Raul Meireles but had little choice after he handed in a transfer request and told the club he wanted to leave.

Meireles joined Chelsea in the final minutes of the transfer deadline day last month in a reported £12million move, a switch that angered many Reds supporters.

The 28-year-old Portugal international last week insisted he never wanted to leave Liverpool but admitted he jumped at the chance to go to Stamford Bridge when it became clear he would be sold. Meireles claimed yesterday he was forced to submit a transfer request once the Reds had decided to sell him to Chelsea.

Putting across Liverpool's side, Comolli said: “I think Raul said it himself with what I've seen recently in the press. Basically, he came to see me and said ‘I want to leave, I want to play for another club’.

“Our intention was not to sell him but we were put in a corner a little bit when he put in a transfer request and said he wanted to go and that he didn't want to play for Liverpool anymore. I think the owners and Kenny (Dalglish) have said it, and we all have the same view. When someone doesn't want to be here it's difficult to say ‘you are going to stay’.

“We've been through that process in January with Fernando Torres and this felt like the same situation.”

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