Manchester United loanee Chris Smalling breaks silence on his United future

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Manchester United loanee Chris Smalling has dismissed claims he’s set to join AS Roma on a permanent basis at the end of the season, saying that his future is far from settled.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the centre-back said: “Considering the way I’ve settled in, the love that I have felt, it will be an interesting decision to make.

“When I first came it was exciting but also daunting because you’re not sure what to expect. New country, new experience.

“I spoke to him Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… Over the previous years, I had been used to playing in nearly every game when fit.

“So to cut that in half, when you look around at other opportunities, there was nothing better than this [Roma] that could have come up.

“We spoke openly and we made it happen.

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

Smalling’s contract at the club expires in the summer of 2022, but there’s an option to extend the deal for a further season.

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has recently confirmed his club’s intention to keep the defender at the club beyond the 2019/20 campaign.