Smalling completes loan move to Roma
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has completed a loan move to AS Roma for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.
As we reported earlier today, the centre-back flew out to the Italian capital this morning to undertake a medical and finalise the contractual details.
Speaking to MUTV before his pre-match press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained the reasons behind the temporary transfer.
“At the moment we've got six centre-backs,” said the manager.
“This is just something that popped up towards the end [of the European transfer window] in the last couple of days.
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“Chris fancied the chance to go over there; it's a new experience, new adventure.
“He'll come back better for it because it's a big club, it's a good league. There aren't too many English players who have been playing in Italy so I think he'll enjoy it.”
Alexis will link up with Romelu Lukaku, who joined Inter in a permanent transfer earlier this month, and the pair could face Smalling in early December when Roma visit San Siro in a key Serie A clash. The return match is scheduled for late April 2020, five games from the end of the Italian league season.
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