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.
Manchester – the club, the people, the city, has always held a special place in my heart but I still have as much desire to play regular first team football as I did when I joined the club over 9 years ago.
AS Roma is a fantastic club, with a lot of history… pic.twitter.com/jajbsJ79M1
— Chris Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) August 30, 2019
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.”