Roma boss insists Chris Smalling does not want Manchester United return

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The England international has actually impressed during a loan spell in Italy.

Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca is desperate to keep on-loan Manchester United defender Chris Smalling for a minimum of another season.

Harry Maguire’s arrival as the world’s most costly defender last summer left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a puffed up squad and, while far from the worst centre-back on the books, the 30- year-old was enabled to leave on a year-long loan.

Smalling has actually shone in Serie A to the point where his England profession looks set to be restored, with Gareth Southgate heading to Rome to watch a defender he sought to have all however eliminated ever calling once again.

Solskjaer has actually mentioned his expectation that in-form Smalling would return to United next season, however Roma boss Fonseca is intending to keep him in Italy.

“I will do everything I can to keep him at Roma next year too,” he informed ESPN. “I understand he wishes to remain, let’s see what takes place.

” He’s an incredible man, so modest, so expert. He is loved by the fans and developed himself as one of the leaders in the dressing space.

“It’s not easy for English central defenders to adapt so quickly to Italian football, the record there isn’t good. But he has been amazing.”

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