Chris Smalling confirms Old Trafford return

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Chris Smalling has all but confirmed he’s on his way back to Old Trafford, as his loan deal with AS Roma comes to an end.

The Englishman spent last season playing in the Italian capital, where he impressed and helped Roma to a fifth placed finish.

Smalling looked set to continue playing with Roma, but the Serie A side could not successfully extend his stay with them, due to Manchester United’s refusal to extend his loan deal or cut down his price tag for a permanent transfer.

The defender is now set to return to Man United, with his future still uncertain.

Smalling took to Twitter earlier today, to bid Roma fans and former teammates farewell, adding he felt sad their journey had to stop here.

He wrote: “I’m gutted that I can’t finish what we started this season.

“To experience the love shown to me in such a short time was extra special and it will not be forgotten.

“I want to thank and wish all the players and staff the best of luck against Sevilla. DAJE ROMA!”

Meanwhile, there are reports United could use the 30 year old in a swap deal that would see Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar come down to Old Trafford.