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Sport Man Utd defender Smalling could return to Roma 'in next few days' - Fonseca

19:41  18 september  2020
19:41  18 september  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Chris Smalling starred on loan for Roma last term and head coach Paulo Fonseca is hopeful of re-signing the defender from Manchester United . United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted last month the defender could still have a future at Old Trafford after reviving his career during that spell away

Chris Smalling starred on loan for Roma last term and head coach Paulo Fonseca is hopeful of re-signing the defender from Manchester United . United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted last month the defender could still have a future at Old Trafford after reviving his career during that spell away

Chris Smalling in orange shirt: Manchester United defender Chris Smalling spent last season on loan with Roma © Getty Images Manchester United defender Chris Smalling spent last season on loan with Roma

Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling is keen to return to Roma and could join "in the next few days", according to the Serie A club's head coach Paulo Fonseca.

Smalling impressed during his season on loan in the Italian capital last season, playing 37 times as Roma finished fifth in the league and reached the Europa League quarter-finals.

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Roma chief Fonseca recently indicated he's confident of at least sealing another temporary deal with the Italian giants reportedly doing everything they can to keep hold of the United defender . And now Corriere dello Sport claim that Smalling has made it clear to the Roma bigwigs that he wants to stay

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted last month the defender could still have a future at Old Trafford after reviving his career during that spell away on loan.

However, speaking ahead of Roma's first game of the 2020-21 campaign, Fonseca said he is hopeful an agreement can be reached to re-sign the 31-cap England international.

"I'm in contact to get Smalling. He wants to come back to Rome and we want him," Fonseca told reporters at a news conference previewing Saturday's clash with Hellas Verona.

"In the next few days I think he'll be here with us."

Fonseca also confirmed Edin Dzeko will be part of Roma's squad for their trip to Verona, despite speculation he is close to sealing a move to champions Juventus.

"Dzeko will be with us for the match tomorrow," Fonseca said. "It makes no sense to talk about this, for now he is with us."

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Since Smalling 's introduction, Roma have conceded seven goals in eight league games, one fewer " Roma don't play a conventional style of Italian football. Fonseca 's backline is very high It was also the then-Manchester United man 's inconsistent performances that failed to earn him a return to St

Roma brought in young centre-back Marash Kumbulla on Thursday, but he will not slot straight into Roma's starting line-up against his former side this weekend.

"Kumbulla only trained yesterday and today, so he's not ready to start,” Fonseca said. "We have a different way of playing than he did at Verona.

"But he's a very smart guy and has understood what I have told him. We are working to buy young players but we can mix with the more experienced we have here."


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Smalling closer than ever to finding Roma .
Gallery: Real Madrid: the 10 rumors of the August transfer window (World Eleven) According to Sky Sports, AS Rome is close to reaching an agreement with Manchester United for the transfer of Chris Smalling, who had a full season while on loan in Italy last season. © Supplied by Mercato 365 Manchester United want € 29m for Smalling He impressed when he loaned Rome last season. Now Chris Smalling could make a definite commitment to it.

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