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Roma manager wants club to sign both Smalling and Mkhitaryan permanently
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Roma manager wants club to sign both Smalling and Mkhitaryan permanently

Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca has urged the club to sign on-loan duo Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan permanently in the summer.

The Premier League pair joined the Serie A club on-loan last summer and have been impressive in Italy as club’s line up for their signatures according to reports.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Fonseca said: “Chris is a great, great man, a great, great professional.

“I would like Chris to stay. We are speaking. I don't know if it is possible because of the situation with Manchester United, but I would like so much for Chris to stay here with us because he is very important.

“He is a great player, a great man with a great attitude every day and for all of these reasons I would be very happy if Chris stays.

“Mkhi during this season got some injuries but he is returning now and he is proving his quality,' Fonseca divulged.”

Arsenal forward Mkhitaryan was out-of-favour with previous Gunners boss Unai Emery and it is unknown whether he could feature in Mikel Arteta's plans next season.

The Armenian has scored five goals in 18 appearances in all competitions and scored and provided an assist in the 4-0 win over Lecce on Sunday.

Chris Smalling Stats for Roma

  • Apps: 26
  • 90 mins completed: 26
  • Goals: 2
  • Yellow cards: 3

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

  • Apps: 18
  • 90 mins completed: 5
  • Goals: 5
  • Assists: 2