Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has explained why he left the Red Devils last summer for a season-long loan with Serie A side AS Roma.
To him, it was the desire to play in a foreign country that influenced his decision.
“Some English players have gone abroad but not many," said Smalling.
"It was a challenge that I wanted to take. I’m someone who definitely lives by not having any regrets. I like new things maybe out of my comfort zone and show people that anything is possible.
"I obviously enjoy my football, I enjoy my life and I try to maximize all of that but seeing kids flourish and invest in people who have good ideas is where I get my main fulfillment.”
The 30-year-old center-back has been with the Manchester side for almost a decade and has made 323 appearances for them in all competitions.
This season, he has made 28 appearances in all competitions for the Italian club, contributing two goals in the process.