Chris Smalling has impressed at Roma following his loan move from Man Utd (Picture: Getty)

Roma will have to pay Manchester United £18million if they want to keep Chris Smalling on a permanent basis.

The 29-year-old made 17 appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season but was deemed surplus to requirements following the arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester.

Smalling, who joined United from Fulham in a £10m deal nine years ago, opted to move abroad and joined Roma on loan and has made a positive impression.

Tuttosport claims Roma want to keep the England international beyond the end of the current campaign but will have to fork out £18m to do so.

Smalling admitted earlier this week he misses elements of playing for United but is delighted with the start he has made to the new chapter in his career.

Chris Smalling has made 10 appearances for Roma this season (Picture: Getty)

‘I do because I was there for so many years and I was used to be being part of the furniture there,’ he told Football Italia.

‘But I am enjoying my new chapter, and hopefully I can keep affecting performances on the pitch and we can have a successful season. But right now I’m really enjoying being in Italy.

‘I’m starting to pick up things the manager is saying in Italian, and even with the players I’m lucky as quite a few of them speak English.

‘I’m definitely picking up a lot of football phrases and a lot of basic phrases that are helping me interact with the team on and off the pitch.

‘I am feeling very settled; my family is over here and the dogs are over here, so everyone is settled. When my family are happy and I am happy it shows on the pitch.”

‘The manager’s targets are not just about getting back in the Champions League. It is about winning something.

‘That is where my full focus is, and come the end of the season when we’ve won something and achieved something we can see where it goes.

‘Right now it is all about focus on the pitch.’





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