BREAKING NEWS: Manchester United outcast Smalling joins Roma on loan
Roma have signed Chris Smalling on a season-long loan from Manchester United, the Serie A club announced.
Smalling signed a contract extension at Old Trafford running until 2022 last December, three days before then-manager Jose Mourinho was sacked.
The 29-year-old continued to feature under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the arrival of Harry Maguire during the close season left him down the pecking order at centre-back.
He has consequently opted for a temporary move to Roma, who paid United €3million (£2.7m) to seal the deal.
"This is the perfect opportunity for me," Smalling said in a statement.
"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 team-mates."
Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi added: "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."
Official: Chris Smalling has joined Roma on loan— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 30, 2019
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