Manchester United defender Chris Smalling sealed a season long loan move to Serie A side Roma before the close of the European transfer window. The centre-back will spend the rest of the season in Italy having been deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford following the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City.
Smalling is yet to make his debut for Roma in the Serie A as he was named on the bench for Sunday’s Rome derby against Lazio. Smalling is looking to establish himself in Paulo Fonseca’s line-up after the international break.
Smalling has admitted that he’s looking forward to a future in the Italian league.
He said: “This is an opportunity that came to me that I was very interested in, and I was very eager to come.
“It happened very quickly and now I focus on the next game, getting up to speed with training in terms of the manager’s methods and then hopefully have a very good season.
“To be able to have the chance at a big club, and then if it prolongs and the club is happy then I can definitely see a longer-term future in Italy.
He added: “I’ve always had a desire deep down to experience this [playing abroad] and have an opportunity to come to a big club who has got big aspirations.
“There is a lot of responsibility on the defence as a whole [in Italy] and the centre-backs too, but that is something I enjoy.”