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Solskjaer breaks silence on Smalling situation

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Chris Smalling can prove to be a valuable addition to the Manchester United squad for the next season.

Prior to the start of his first full season at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deemed Chris Smalling surplus to his requirements, and the defender was shipped to AS Roma on a season-long loan.

Smalling was an instant hit. He remained a reliable player for Roma throughout the 2019/20 season and was also one of the best defenders in all of Serie A.

It is understood that the Italian side were keen on signing him on a permanent move. However, the deal failed to go through as they could not agree on a transfer fee with Man United.

The 30-year old center-back recently took to social media to express his disappointment, saying he was ‘gutted’ to quit Stadio Olimpico.

Speaking in his pre-match conference ahead of the LASK clash, Solskjaer attempted to clear the air on the uncertainty surrounding Smalling’s future.

“I think Chris has shown, over his career at Manchester United, how valuable he is for United,” he said.

“This season was about him being a regular and going to Roma, showing and proving how good a center-back he is.

“Now he’s coming back. Chris has shown this season that he will be valuable so I’ve been speaking to Chris throughout and been delighted with his season.”