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Roma in talks to make Smalling transfer permanent

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Paulo Fonseca insists Chris Smalling has become an important player at Roma and that he would love to see him extend his stay at the club.

AS Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca has confirmed that they are in contact with Manchester United over the signing of Chris Smalling on a permanent basis.

The 30-year old center back followed former teammates Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Italy last summer on a season-long loan deal.

Since signing for AS Roma, Smalling undergone a period of renaissance. The defender has become a big hit and has established himself as a solid figure in the Roma backline.

He also has two goals to his name while playing 20 times in Serie A so far which is more than enough to convince his manager Paulo Fonseca of his abilities.

“I would like Chris to stay,” Fonseca told Sky Sports

“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.”