Chris Smalling open to permanent stay in Rome

February 21, 2020
By: Daniel Orme

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has said that he could potentially be tempted by a permanent transfer to AS Roma in the future.

The central defender joined the Serie A outfit on a season-long loan deal last summer and he has impressed so far in his time in Italy.

He has made 25 appearances in all competitions and scored two goals as the club aim to secure a UEFA Champions League spot.

With his opportunities looking somewhat limited in Manchester, the two-time Premier League winner has admitted that he would be open to a permanent switch the Stadio Olimpico.

Talking to the BBC, Smalling said: “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 the 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.”

Roma are in action on Sunday against Lecce, with Smalling at a price of 20/1 with William Hill to score the opening goal of the match.

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