Man Utd outcast Smalling open to permanent Roma move
Unwanted at Old Trafford, the England defender would be interested in staying in Italy if all goes well with his loan spell at the Serie A club
Smalling said, “I think this is an opportunity that came to me that I was very interested in, and I was very eager to come,”.
He added, “It happened very quickly. I am very focused on the next game, getting up to speed with training and learning the manager’s methods. And then hopefully I’ll have a very good season. After that, we will see”.
“To have a chance at a big club, if it goes well and the club is happy and I am happy, then I can definitely see a longer-term future in Italy.” He said.
Smalling is wanrs to test his defensive qualities in the Italian Serie A and will have an important part to play in the Europa League, for which his parent club have also qualified.
The former Fulham man says winning the competition with Roma would be more special than it was with United in 2017.
“I think this club definitely has a chance,” he said.
“We will be one of the favourites in the competition. Obviously, there are a few other clubs too, but Roma will be among the favourites”.
“It has been great to have won it previously, but it would be even greater to win it here in Italy.” He insisted.