Roma have confirmed the signing of Manchester United outcast Chris Smalling on a season-long loan.
Chris Smalling made 24 Premier League appearances last season. But Manchester United have bought Harry Maguire from Leicester City for a record fee. So Solskjaer have now given the 29-year-old the permission to leave. He has informed the England international that he would not feature as a regular this season.
Smalling has not made an appearance so far this campaign. And has now decided to make his career elsewhere. He has finalized his move to the Serie A side Roma on a season-long loan.
Roma have officially announced Chris Smalling’s signing on a one-year loan deal for a reported €3m fee. The deal does not include an option to purchase him permanently at the end of the season.
Roma have lost their star centre-back Kostas Manolas to Napoli earlier this summer. So they were keen to sign an experienced central defender before the transfer window closes. Smalling has been at Old Trafford since 2010, having arrived from Fulham. He has 8 years of Premier League experience which made him the perfect player for Roma.
Solskjaer told a news conference earlier on Friday: “There haven’t been a lot of English players in Italy. I think he’ll enjoy the experience and I’m sure he’ll come back stronger and better for it.”
Chris Smalling’s departure comes after Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku joined Roma’s Serie A rivals Inter this summer while Matteo Darmian is also set to sign for Parma.
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