Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has admitted he is open to staying at Italian side Roma beyond his current loan stint.
Smalling completed his loan move to Roma last month after failing to get minutes under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Italian side does not have an option to buy the England international on a permanent deal and is set to return to Old Trafford at the end of the current season. And the 29-year-old is not looking too far into the future at the moment and just wants to focus on playing the next game and getting used to his new environment at Roma.
“For me, it is a great opportunity, I cannot wait to get there and start right now,” he said when asked whether he would consider staying at Roma for the long term.
“Now I want to focus on the next game and understand the coach’s training methods. Then at the end of the season, we will see. If Roma are satisfied it would be a pleasure for me to stay at the club.”
Manchester United and Roma could meet to agree a fee for a permanent deal if Smalling manages to impress in Italy.
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