Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling, who is currently at loan at AS Roma, would consider a permanent move to the Serie A club if everything goes well and according to plan in Italy.
With United bagging Harry Maguire from Leicester City this summer, Smalling’s chances of getting into the first team had faded away. He made a loan move to Roma in search of playing time as United prefers the duo of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire in the first XI.
Smalling believes Roma could be a permanent place for him if he manages to achieve enough game time in Serie A. The England international said:
“I think this is an opportunity that came to me that I was very interested in, and I was very eager to come.
“It happened very quickly. I am very focused on the next game, getting up to speed with training and learning the manager’s methods. And then hopefully I’ll have a very good season. After that, we will see.
“To have a chance at a big club, if it goes well and the club is happy and I am happy, then I can definitely see a longer-term future in Italy.”
Smalling, who would be competing in the Europa League with Roma, believes that the Serie A side has the potential to go all the way. He also said that it would be more special to win the Europa League with Roma than it was with United.
“I think this club definitely has a chance.
“We will be one of the favorites in the competition. Obviously, there are a few other clubs too, but Roma will be among the favorites.
“It has been great to have won it previously, but it would be even greater to win it here in Italy.”
The 29-year-old defender is one of four first-team players to have left United to go to Italy this season with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez moving to Inter, while Matteo Darmian completed his move to Parma.