€25m-rated Man United on loan defender wants to stay at Italy

The Red Devils centre-back Chris Smalling admits he has a big decision to make regarding his future. England international is currently on loan in Italy at AS Roma, and he has to take a call on whether to continue playing in Rome or come back to England to play for parent club Man United.

Chris has featured in 20 of Giallorossi last 21 league games, playing the full 90 minutes in each of those matches. Smalling said: “When I first came it was exciting but also daunting because you’re not sure what to expect. “New country, new experience.

But considering the way I’ve settled in, the love that I have felt, especially from the fans but everyone in Rome, it will be an exciting decision to make. “Some of the other footballers said if you hit the ground running, the love that you can have in this city is unbelievable. That’s really what I’ve felt and so have my family.

Long may it continue.” As per his current deal, Smalling is tied down to Man United until 2022, and his loan deal at Roma expires at the end of the campaign. Chris said: “Even when I spoke to them, it was a case of ‘let’s have a good campaign, hopefully, it all goes to plan, the team is successful and I am successful’ and at the end of the campaign we’ll sit down.

Giallorossi currently sits 5th in the Serie A table and are in the battle for Champions League qualification, and Chris has been ever-present for the club, while it’s still uncertain whether the centre-back will come back to Man United at the end of the campaign.