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Roma’s Mancini admits Smalling has been a huge help

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AS Roma defender Gianluca Mancini insists Chris Smalling has been a huge help to his development.

The 23-year-old center-back has been Manchester United loanee Chris Smalling’s partner in the Roma defense this season.

The youngster had been at Serie Side Atalanta, but moved to Roma initially on loan, with an agreement to purchase the player this summer.

While he admits it has been difficult and he has made mistakes, speaking to Sky Sports Italia, he feels that Smalling’s experience and guidance has helped him.

Mancini said:

“It’s true that I’ve made some mistakes in the second part of the season.”

“But it’s all part of my development and therefore I’m trying to improve myself, not repeating the same mistakes.”

“Having Smalling next to me is very helpful.”

“He gives me advice and helps me improve.”

“I listen to him because he has great experience and I have to take something from his game.”

The pair have struck up quite the partnership at both ends of the field.