Roma have confirmed the signing of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on loan.
The Giallorossi will pay the Premier League side a £2.8million fee as part of the deal. Twenty-nine-year-old Smalling will wear the No 6 shirt at the Serie A club.
Smalling told the club’s website: ‘This is the perfect opportunity for me. The chance to experience a new league, with a big team that has got big aspirations is exactly what I needed. ‘Hopefully I can hit the ground running. I’m looking forward to joining up with my teammates.’
Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi on the loan signing of Chris Smalling said: ‘We are pleased to bring a player like Chris, who has so much experience, to Roma. ‘We are convinced he will help the growth of this squad and all the lads he plays alongside.’
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 United manager. ‘This is just something that popped up towards the end [of the European transfer window] in the last couple of days. ‘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.’