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Smalling has an “interesting” decision to make

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on loan at Roma admits he has an interesting decision to make about his future at the end of the season.

As the summer transfer window of 2019 drew to a close, Chris Smalling made a late loan switch from Manchester United to Roma.

The arrival of Harry Maguire coupled with a discussion of limited playing time with manager Ole Gunnar Solkjaer convinced the England defender to look at his options.

Smalling chose to depart United, and a loan deal was agreed with Serie A side Roma. There is no option to buy or a predetermined valuation in place.

He has had a sensational start to life in Italy and is thoroughly enjoying his football.

Roma has made no secret that they want him to stay. The Italians have been trying to negotiate a deal with United to make the move a permanent one.

Speaking to Sky Sports about his future, Smalling admits he is enjoying life in Serie A.

He said:

“When I first came it was exciting but also daunting because you’re not sure what to expect.”

“New country, new experience.”

“But considering the way I’ve settled in, the love that I have felt, especially from the fans but everyone in Rome.”

He insists though his agreement with United is that his future will be decide at the end of the season.

Smalling added:

“It was a case of ‘let’s have a good season, hopefully, it all goes to plan, the team is successful and I am successful.

“At the end of the season, we’ll sit down.”

“That was the plan at the start of the season and obviously we’re not finished yet so come to the end of the season we’ll see what the plan is.”

“It will be an interesting decision to make.”

Some of the statistics make it quite clear why Roma is so desperate to keep him. But also why United don’t want to rush into selling him either.