Chris Smalling leaves Roma with a heavy heart
He will now return to United after enjoying considerable success in the Italian capital. Having fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, he went about rebuilding his reputation at Roma.
The Italian giants’ campaign is far from over. Although the domestic season has downed curtains, Roma’s Europa League campaign is set to resume soon.
Smalling has expressed his disappointment at not being able to help out as the Giallorossi attempt to take the continent by storm. The Englishman had featured in both legs of Roma’s win over Genk in the previous round.
They will now face Spanish side Sevilla for a place in the quarterfinals. Los Nervionenses are the most successful side in the competition and will present the Italians with a suitable challenge.
As one of Roma’s best players and a rock at the back, Smalling’s calming influence will be much missed.
Roma were keen to extend the player’s contract until the end of the campaign. However, no deal could be struck, forcing them to axe him for the remainder of the campaign.
Smalling took to Twitter to express his disappointment at the turn of events. He admitted he was gutted at not being able to see the season through.
The 30-year-old also went on to add that he will never forget the special experience he underwent at Roma.
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Smalling has made 36 appearances in all competitions. During this time he has scored three goals and two assists. Although Roma are keen to sign him on permanently, United’s asking price has remained a sticking point. (h/t Express)
United could potentially face off against Roma in the semifinals of the Europa League.