Manchester United’s revamp under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen Smalling become the third player to leave the club for the Italian league this month.
Serie A side Roma have completed the signing of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on a season-long loan deal, the two clubs announced on Friday.
Smalling, who joined Manchester United in 2010, has made over 300 appearances for the club in all competitions but has found himself out of favor at the Old Trafford club this season, especially after the arrival of Harry Maguire.
Roma have paid €3 million to take Smalling on loan for the 2019-20 campaign but have not negotiated an option to buy.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had said at a news conference earlier on Friday that he could not promise Smalling regular game time as he had a number of centre-backs to choose from.
“Chris fancied the chance to go over there, it’s a new experience, new adventure,” Solskjaer told the club’s media channel.
Smalling is United’s second senior player to leave the club on loan after forward Alexis Sanchez sealed a loan move to Inter Milan on Thursday.
“This is the perfect opportunity for me. The chance to experience a new league, with a big team that has got big aspirations is exactly what I needed,” Smalling said.
“Hopefully I can hit the ground running. I’m looking forward to joining up with my teammates.”
England international Smalling arrived at Old Trafford from Fulham in 2010 and last year agreed a new deal until June 2022, with the option to extend a further year.