Manchester United defender Chris Smalling hints at permanent Roma stay

The defender left United in summer 2019.

And he is set to quit the Red Devils for good.

Chris Smalling has admitted he is ready to hold talks over a permanent move to Roma from Manchester United. The 30-year-old defender is currently on loan at Stadio Olimpico having slipped down the pecking order at United.

Smalling has earned plenty of plaudits during his time in Italy and admits that he would be open to the idea of staying in Serie A. He told BBC Sport: “Yeah, I think the plan at the start of the season was to contribute as much as I can and then hopefully if we’ve all had a good season and hit our ambitions then those discussions can take place.

“I’ve been more than happy with my first half of the season, it’s now just making sure that we kick on and finish the season strongly because we have a lot to play for. Coming over here and trying to hit ground running with football was the priority.

“But my family settling in and me learning the language and enjoying the culture, it’s something you need to make the most of. My family and I definitely are.”


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