Chris Smalling says when his season-long loan move from Manchester United into Roma is successful, he can see his long term future.
After falling from favour at Old Trafford following the # 80m coming of Harry Maguire smalling has joined the Serie A club before June 2020.
The defender was officially introduced at a press conference on Friday as a Roma participant and suggested he could seem to make the transfer permanent.
“That is a chance that came into me that I was very interested in, and I was quite excited to emerge,” he said.
“It happened very quickly and now I focus on another match, getting up to speed with training concerning the supervisor’s methods and hopefully have an excellent season.
“To be able to have the chance in a large club, then if it prolongs and that the club is happy then that I will definitely see a longer-term prospective in Italy.”
Smalling created 323 appearances for United since joining from Fulham nine Years Back and during this time won the Premier League the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Europa League.
He admits he’s always wanted to play overseas and is the most recent of a range of England internationals to proceed to Italy in recent years.
“I have always had a desire down deep to encounter this and have an opportunity to come to a large club who has got big dreams,” he added.
“I do not want to live my own life with regrets and to be able to get this done and build on this particular journey, it is something I am really excited about.
“I’d heard many terrific things about Italy and Rome itself and can be an experience that I will certainly savour.”
Smalling was an artificial substitute for Roma as they drew 1-1 with Lazio.
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