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Official: Smalling goes to Serie A’s Roma

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Chris Smalling has completed a loan move to AS Roma of Serie A.

The official announcement came via manchester United’s official website, manutd.com, as well as AS Roma’s social media accounts.

As we brought you earlier at Ronaldo.com, talks have been ongoing and it was only a matter of time before the deal was concluded.

This will see the third United player this summer leave for Italy’s top flight.

United’s statement read:

“Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has completed a loan move to AS Roma for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.”

“As we reported earlier today, the centre-back flew out to the Italian capital this morning to undertake a medical and finalise the contractual details.”

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:

“At the moment we’ve got six centre-backs.”

“This is just something that popped up towards the end of the European transfer window, in the last couple of days.”

“Chris fancied the chance to go over there; it’s a new experience, new adventure.”

“He’ll come back better for it because it’s a big club, it’s a good league.”

“There aren’t too many English players who have been playing in Italy so I think he’ll enjoy it.”

It appears that a permanent move is not something to be considered right now. Perhaps just an opportunity to keep a loyal servant playing football and ready should needs must.
In his last appearance for United, he actually scored the winner against Watford.
WATFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Chris Smalling of Manchester United scores his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 15, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)